It was just one round, as an eighth seed, they have far to go. Yet it was a round where they routinely outplayed a top seed but for lack of a few more saves.
They outplayed the conference favorite on aggregate, yet they had two bad blowout losses.
They went further in the playoffs than the franchise has gone since 2002, yet it was still just two playoff wins.
Longtime minor-league star and free agent Keith Aucoin was key on two of Game 6's goals, and unrestricted free agent Brad Boyes had a good series; yet prospect Brock Nelson got his first taste of NHL action and will be among many pushing for those job openings.
Thanks to everyone for reading, writing, contributing, and commenting this season. Thanks for treating this as wonderful entertainment and diversion rather than life and death.
Domestically, it's Mothers Day, one of the few greeting card holidays you best take seriously. Personally, I'll be spending most of it with the many mothers in my life, but this week instead of previewing the Isles in round two we'll continue our Isles coverage with post-season grades, draft outlooks and free agency -- all of which will come up in a hurry.
Some coverage after last night:
- The Post: on Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson | And Tavares: "I've appreciated every single time someone has come up to me and told me they're an Islanders fan."
- More recaps: Newsday with Travis Hamonic: "It literally could have gone either way. That's the frustrating thing." | IPB recap | Herrmann: Isles pump new life into their fans. | Oh good, thankfully they have Crosby's respect | A very Times-ian recap: "Islanders put on show, but Penguins drop the curtain" | Daily News
- The Sporting News: Islanders in great position for years to come
- Newsday: Hofstra broadcasters shine during Islanders playoff run
- Fun archival read mentioned in comments yesterday: If You Like Hockey, Basketball And Fierce Fighting Fans, - 03.31.69 - SI Vault
Oh, and this from the Post-Gazette beatwriter:
Islanders fans were impressive. Games 3, 4 and 6 were some of the best hockey experiences of my life. Passionate to no end.— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) May 12, 2013
It was something. (From Game 4):