VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 27: Sergei Shirokov #25 of the Vancouver Canucks battles Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of the net as teammate Jimmy Howard #35 gets into position during their game at General Motors Place on October 27, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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