GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 07: David Perron #57 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates Jay McKee #77 and Roman Polak #46 after Perron scored a third-period goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 7, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 5-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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