CALGARY, CANADA - MARCH 13: Curtis Glencross #20, Olli Jokinen #13 and David Moss #25 of the Calgary Flames get into a post whistle scrum with Dan Boyle #22, Joe Pavelski #8 and teammates of the San Jose Sharks on March 13, 2012 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Brad Watson/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