PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 16: Philip Samuelsson #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up for his NHL debut before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Consol Energy Center on December 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/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