SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 29: Toni Lydman #32 of the Anaheim Ducks controls the puck defended by Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks in the first period at HP Pavilion on January 29, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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