Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six
PITTSBURGH - MAY 11: Fans get ready to support their team in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins outside Mellon Arena on May 11, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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