Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - Game Five
MONTREAL, CANADA - MAY 9: Fans of the Montreal Canadiens came early to catch a bit of sun before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on May 9, 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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