WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals shoots during warm-ups before playing against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game against at Verizon Center on March 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/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