GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes shakes hands with Daytona 500 winner Jimmy Johnson in the Coyotes locker room before the start of their game against the Minnesota Wild at Jobing.com Arena on February 28, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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