DENVER - JANUARY 24: Shane O'Brien #5 of the Colorado Avalanche stretches during warm-ups against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on January 24, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/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