NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins makes a save on a shot by the New York Rangers in the first period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on March 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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