Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five
VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 9: Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks reaches around Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks chasing the puck during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at General Motors Place on May 9, 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