CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Captain Niklas Lidstrom #5 of the Detroit Red Wings fights off Jarome Iginla #12 in front of Detroit Goalie Chris Osgood as Cory Sarich #6 takes a shot from the point against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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