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Islanders Bounced from First Round, Skate off to Standing Ovation

by Kenny Ducey

Flickr | MikeL

Islanders' 1st playoff appearance ends early

It's not often you see a team skate off to a standing ovation, but that's what went down Saturday night in the final Islanders game to be played at the Nassau Coliseum. They gave the fans one heck of a show, leading the Penguins 3-2 14:44 into the 3rd before a Paul Martin shot found the back of the net and sent the game to Overtime. The Isles continued the offensive, as they had all game, but it was a chance off the stick of a Penguin, Brooks Orpik, that ended the game 4-3 and the series 4-2.

John Tavares, Jarome Iginla, and Colin McDonald all had first-period goals, while Pascal Dupuis netted one in the second for the Pens to tie it at 2, and Michael Grabner had a go-ahead goal early in the third.

It'd be foolish to say the Penguins controlled this series. The Islanders out-shot Pittsburgh 38-21 Saturday, and dominated play the entire evening. While the team played very well in this series, and earned respect around the National Hockey League, the loss still stung a whole bunch in the locker room. Hear post-game reactions below.


John Tavares - we know what it takes now Coach Capuano speaks highly of John Tavares Coach Capuano's reaction Mark Streit says the team played well Mark Streit says it's tough to find positives Colin McDonald says this team battled all year and all series