BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 25: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins leads his team out to the ice for warm ups prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden on November 25, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/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