GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18: Jordan Szwarz #29 of the Phoenix Coyotes (L) celebrates with teammates Jeff Halpern #14 and Michael Stone #29 following his first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at Jobing.com Arena on January 18, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/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