BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Cody Hodgson #19 of the Buffalo Sabres is greeted by fans after warming up to play the Boston Bruins on February 15, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jen Fuller/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