MONTREAL- OCTOBER 15: Craig Anderson #41 of the Colorado Avalanche stretches out to stop the puck on an attempt by Andrei Kostitsyn #46 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game on October 15, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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