CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 12: Ben Smith #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates across the ice with teammates (L-R) Brandon Bollig #52, Brent Seabrook #7 and Brandon Pirri #37 after scoring against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period during the NHL game on October 12, 2013 at the United Center 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