OTTAWA - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Members of the management and coaching staff Tim Murray, Brad Lauer, Cory Clouston, Luke Richardson, Bryan Murray, Eli Wilson Greg Carvel and Tim Pattyson of the Ottawa Senators show off their Hockey Fights Cancer ties prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Place on October 15, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via 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