Chris Drury of the New York Rangers pursues the puck in front of Matthew Carle of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the NHL Premiere Prague game at the O2 Arena on October 4, 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic.
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