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.