BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 11: Drew Stafford #21 of the Buffalo Sabres scores Baffalo's first goal against Roman Josi #59 and Carter Hutton #30 of the Nashville Predators at First Niagara Center on March 11, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/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