LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings talks with Darroll Powe #14 of the Minnesota Wild prior to the game at Staples Center on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/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