Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils stops the puck on a shot by Tom Kostopoulos of the Montreal Canadiens during the game at the Bell Centre on March 14, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Devils won, 3-1, giving Brodeur his 551st win, tying him with Patrick Roy as the all-time leader. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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