The Islanders season, which sputtered along coughing up plumes of smoke like a broken-down engine, finally came to an end with a 6-4 loss to the Lightning. Six months ago, they were envisioning the Stanley Cup. Now?
They finish with a 37-35-10 record, and you wouldn’t blame them for being a little bit relieved that it’s over.
“It’s a part of this group’s journey or story or whatever you want to call it,” Anders Lee said. “It’s part of our way to get where we want to go. It’s not going to be as linear as maybe we wanted it to be and expected it to be. Now it’s time to regroup.”