PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 16: Beau Bennett #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his goal with Tyler Kennedy #48, Dustin Jeffrey #15 and Matt Niskanen #2 during the first period against the New York Rangers on March 16, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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