LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Chad Kolarik #52, Kevin Porter #23, Ryan Hollweg #32 and Sami Lepisto #18 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal by Keith Yandle in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/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