TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 22: Fans joust outside of the St. Pete Times Forum before the Tampa Bay Lightning as they host the San Jose Sharks on October 22, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/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