Goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils makes a skate save on a point blank shot by Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on March 1, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. Brodeur made 27 saves to earn his 100th career regular season shutout as the Devils blanked the Flyers, 3-0. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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