SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 17: Joe Thornton #19 and Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks crash the net against Brad Stuart #23 and Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion on March 17, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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