The Islanders' season ended on Friday night with a small bit of satisfaction, a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers. Kyle had a big hand in the win, scoring the opening goal about halfway through the first period, then later beating Henrik Lundquist with a goal in the shootout.
There's no rest for the weary, though, as Kyle and several members of the Islanders will now head out to Hershey and join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their playoff quest. We urge you to head over to Tom Liodice's wonderful Tiger Track page if you're interested in following the rest of their season.
Back to the finale for a moment though, and we found it fitting that Kyle, Richard Park, Blake Comeau, and Wade Dubielewicz shined brightest on this night. One or more of the three forwards were involved in every goal scored by the Islanders, regulation and shootout, save one (Satan's 2nd period tally). The trio formed a top line in recent weeks that on some nights was the only source of energy. Wade did his part by doing what he has seemingly done all season long when asked, and that's stand on his head in goal. Dubie saved 48 shots in regulation and 2 in the SO for the win. He has earned every dollar that he'll assuredly make in his new contract next year; we just hope the Islanders will be the ones retaining his services.
We'll be back with draft lottery news on Monday night. The Isles finish the season fifth from bottom, meaning they can only select 1st overall, 5th overall, or 6th. Regardless of whether or not the draft fairy delivers a present on Monday, the Isles are building a young, scrappy team that New York fans will be able to get behind next season.