Valtteri Filppula, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings warm up before taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Final. (Photo by Harry How/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