NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Wade Redden #6 of the New York Rangers stretches during warm-up prior to the game against the Boston Bruins on November 1, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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