UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 26: Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders and Andrew Ference #21 of the Boston Bruins keep their eyes on a loose puck at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 26, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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 after a win against the Islanders on Saturday clinched a playoff berth for Anaheim