NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Nik Antropov #80 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Montreal Canadiens with teammates Scott Gomez #19 and Sean Avery #16 on April 7, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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