RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 09: Former National Anthem singer, KK Fritsch, sounds the Hurricane warning siren prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Toronto Maple Leafs at PNC Arena on January 9, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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