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NY Islanders, fans count down final days on Long Island (The Associated Press)

For loyal fans of the New York Islanders, this year’s playoff run is tinged with even more of a sense of finality, and yes, sadness. Win or lose, these will be the last games for Long Island’s only major professional sports franchise before it moves to Brooklyn next season. ”We’re just torn,” said lifelong fan Robert Anderson of Lynbrook, whose 9-year-old daughter, Sara, held a sign during the team’s final regular-season game that read: ”We will miss the Islanders.” Luckily for the Andersons and others, the team has made the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, offering a glimmer of hope that the Islanders could win one more championship before packing their bags for Brooklyn.