MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 17: Right wing Alex Kovalev #27 of the Ottawa Senators during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on October 17, 2009 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/OSA Images/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