TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 26: Jason Williams #29 of the Detroit Red Wings tries to elude Matt Stajan #14 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a pre-season game on September 26, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo by Claus Andersen/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