ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Kyle Plamieri #51 (C) of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates with Ryan Getzlaf #15 and Toni Lydman #32 after scoring the Ducks' second goal of the first period against the Nashville Predators at Honda Center on February 27, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/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