When the shot from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik struck the back of the net, over 16,000 strong weren't ready for the New York Islanders' season to end.
Especially that suddenly.
Yes, things are definitely different on Long Island these days.
The Islanders' best season since 2007 came to a sudden end Saturday night when Orpik's shot won Game 6 in overtime and gave Pittsburgh a first-round series victory.
Not that it was a surprise that the Penguins moved on. After all, they are the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, and the Islanders barely qualified for their first postseason appearance in six years.
But the Islanders won two games in the series and had three one-goal leads in the final game before finally falling.
''We're going to learn a lot about what it takes to be in the playoffs, to get to the playoffs, and hopefully we're going to understand it's going to take even more to win a series,'' Islanders star forward John Tavares said. ''It's just disappointing. W...