ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 13: Young St. Louis Blues fans get high-fives from Ryan Reaves #75 of the St. Louis Blues as he leaves the ice after warming up during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 13, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/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