DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 8: Former Colorado Avalanche player Peter Forsberg is honored by having his jersey retired before a game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 8, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday