New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals - Game Seven
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: Mathieu Perreault #85 of the Washington Capitals and Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers get physical along the boards during the first peiod of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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