OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 27: Owner Eugene Melnyk (R) of the Ottawa Senators serves a fan a hotdog and a coke for twenty-five cents at a concession stand for a promotion before the start of an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre on February 27, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/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