MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 26: Rene Bourque #17 of the Montreal Canadiens put a lavender tape on his stick to support the Hockey Fight Cancer Awareness Night at the Bell Centre before the game against the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game on October 26, 2013 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/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