CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks approaches the puck as Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins follows behind in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/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