ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Anaheim Ducks wives and girlfriends attend the Animal Shelter Night benefiting OC Animal Care prior to the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks on March 24, 2013 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/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