NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 15: Jeff Vanderbeek, co-owner and managing partner of the New Jersey Devils, poses with a fan at Newark Penn Station on his way to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils on April 15, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/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