The New York Islanders' rallying cry in their return to the postseason for the first time in six years is ''Believe.''
Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following a deflating home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Buoyed by a split of the first two games of the first-round series in Pittsburgh, the Islanders came home to Nassau Coliseum with the feeling they could upset the Penguins - the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference. New York jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period on Sunday only to be behind by the time the intermission arrived.
The Islanders then climbed out of a two-goal hole in the third period, but couldn't seal the deal before falling 5-4 in overtime on Chris Kunitz's second power-play goal of the game.
Pittsburgh has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, yet this advantage seems to be even greater.
''The sun is going to come up tomorrow,'' Islanders coach Jack Capuano said shortly after the sudden loss. ''It ta...