GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 21: Phoenix Coyotes fans look on as team captain Shane Doan #19 of the Coyotes warms up prior to facing the Tampa Bay Lightning at Jobing.com Arena on January 21, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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