OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates a first period goal with teammates Mika Zibanejad #93 and Colin Greening #14 against the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL pre-season game at Canadian Tire Centre on September 25, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/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