BOSTON, MA - MAY 25: Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins watches the play against Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/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