VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 2: A buildng employee puts air into the inflatable whale used during the games at General Motors Place before the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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