BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Jochen Hecht #55 of the Buffalo Sabres takes to the ice to play in his first game of the year against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on November 23, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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