Tavares struggles to believe ‘it’s really over’ for Isles

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The New York Islanders are finished for the 2014-15 season. So is their time at Nassau Coliseum. It all crashed down as the Capitals suffocated them in Washington by a score of 2-1 in Game 7.

For many, the most shocking thing was a poor effort by the Islanders’ offense, as they generated just 11 shots on goal (with a measly three coming from forward).

For captain John Tavares, it’s just tough to fathom that they’re done until 2015-16.

“It’s just hard to believe it’s really over,” Tavares told WFAN’s Daniel Friedman.

That’s not to say that Tavares & Co. are delusional about their efforts, however. They admitted that it wasn’t a great performance. They also didn’t blame the officials.

Indeed, the Islanders have months for Game 7’s letdown to gnaw at them. What they won’t have is another chance for a bit run at their old barn.