GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets makes a save on the shot as Lauri Korpikoski #28 of the Phoenix Coyotes battles for position with Mark Stuart #5 during the first period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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