PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 4: Coach Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins hands out pizza to students standing in line for twenty dollar Penguin tickets before the game at Consol Energy Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 4, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/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