DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 30: Cody Eakin #20, Alex Goligoski #33, Alex Chiasson #12 and Tyler Seguin #91 of the Dallas Stars celebrate a late third-period goal by Tyler Seguin that sent the game into overtime against the New Jersey Devils at the American Airlines Center on January 30, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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