ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 27: (R-L) Center Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks fights with center Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks at the beginning of Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on April 27, 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