ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Mike Richards #10, Jake Muzzin #6, Matt Frattin #21, Jeff Carter #77 and Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate Frattin's first period goal against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on September 17, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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