TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 28: Spencer Abbott #56 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets around Jakub Kindl #4 of the Detroit Red Wings during NHL Preseason action at the Air Canada Centre September 28, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/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