NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 15: Zach Hamill #52 of the Boston Bruins scores a first period goal against Steve Valiquette #40 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on September 15, 2009 in New York, New York. (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