PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 5: Goaltender Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins makes a stop with his leg pad on a shot from the Pittsburgh Penguins with the help of Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Bruins in the first period on December 5, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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