RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 9: Tim Wallace #29, Jiri Tlusty #19 and Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes participate in warmups prior to an NHL game against the New Jersey Devils on Military Appreciation Night, March 9, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the 10th annual event, the Hurricanes wore camo jerseys during the pre-game skate to honor all members of the armed forces for their service. (Photo by Karl DeBlaker/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