New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings - Game Four
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 6: Jordan Nolan #71 of the Los Angeles Kings tries to score against Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/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