OTTAWA, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Coaches and managers Tim Pattyson, Rick Wamsley, Paul MacLean, Bryan Murray, Dave Cameron, Tim Murray, Mark Reeds and Luke Richardson of the Ottawa Senators pose for a photo on the team bench with their lavender ties on Hockey Fights Cancer night before a game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Place on October 18, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via 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