New Jersey Devils v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Six
RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 26: Goalie Cam Ward # 30 of the Carolina Hurricanes deflects a shot from the New Jersey Devils during the firrst period of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Steve Dykes/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