TAMPA -- The New York Islanders ended their Stanley Cup Playoff hex by winning a round for the first time since 1993, but their season ended Sunday when they lost 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena.
"That's tough part about losing -- not going to the rink tomorrow as a group, getting ready to go out on the ice and practice," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Every team goes through it. There's only so many teams that make the playoffs, there's only going to be one winner. But I'm proud of the effort that we put forth."
Here are 5 reasons the Islanders were eliminated: