BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 04: Zenon Konopka #24 of the Buffalo Sabres gets a fist bump from Mike Weber (R) as they head to the ice to warm up for their game against the New Jersey Devils on January 4, 2014 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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