SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 20: Brian McGrattan #16 of the Calgary Flames shoots on goal, getting his shot past John McCarthy #43 of the San Jose Sharks during the first period at SAP Center on January 20, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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