Willie Mitchell brings the Stanley Cup to Port McNeill
PORT MCNEILL, CANADA - AUGUST 12: Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup at the top of Mount Benedict August 12, 2012 near Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada. Mitchell took the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Port McNeill, B.C. for his one-day celebration with the prized trophy. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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