CALGARY, AB - APRIL 20: Warren Peters #63, Curtis Glencross #20, Eric Nystrom #23, Adrian Aucoin #33 and Jim Vandermeer #4 of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/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