DETROIT, MI - MARCH 18: Tomas Tatar #21 and Riley Sheahan #15 of the Detroit Red Wings skate off the ice with teammate Gustav Nyquist #14 after he scored a first period goal during an NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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