SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Goalie Thomas Greiss #1 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save on a shot taken by Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks as Joe Loprieno #42 plays defense for the Sharks during their preseason game at HP Pavilion on September 18, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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