TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 4: Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes stretches in the warm-up prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 4, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/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