TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 12: Nate Thompson #44 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready to walk out to the ice for pre game warmups prior to the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 12, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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