ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10: Ivan Vishnevskiy #59 of the Dallas Stars skates with the puck while being pursued by Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at the Honda Center on April 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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