NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal at 19:13 of the first period along with Mats Zuccarello #36 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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