NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: (L to R) Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas answer questions during a special Q & A session at the NHL Powered by Reebok store on June 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Thomas Nycz/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