Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings - Game 2
DETROIT - MAY 31: Fans wait to enter Joe Louis Arena before Game Two of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings on May 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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