SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 20: Fans of the San Jose Sharks wear their Easter Sharks gear to a game against the Los Angeles Kings in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 20, 2014 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don 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