Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven
WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked by David Steckel #39 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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