PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 07: Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers gives an interview to members of the media after the Flyers defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 on April 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With the win, the Flyers clinched a spot in the playoffs. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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