ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings moves the puck against Rob Niedermayer #44 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on May 12, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Grosl/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