TAMPA, FL - MARCH 26: The Tampa Bay Lightning new coach Jon Cooper speaks at a press conference before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 26, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. The Lightning hired Cooper as their new coach Monday. Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate. He is replacing Guy Boucher, who was fired Sunday after 2 1/2 years with the team. Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo by Scott Audette/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