WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Jochen Hecht #55 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck against Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals during a NHL preseason hockey game on September 21, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.. (Photo by Ned Dishman/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