Boulton, 36, has four points (two goals, two assists) and 88 penalty minutes in 23 games this season, which was cut short by a wrist injury sustained March 4 at the Winnipeg Jets.
Selected by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (No. 234) of the 1994 NHL Draft, Boulton has played in 638 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers, New Jersey Devils and the Islanders. He has 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) and 1,389 penalty minutes.
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