RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 13: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes has his skates sharpened by equipment manager George Alves prior to an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres, their third and final meeting of the 2013-14 regular season, at PNC Arena on March 13, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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