ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 8: Jaden Schwartz #9 and David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues skate after the puck as Alec Martinez #27 and Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings fall to the ice in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 8, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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