Last night the regular season closed out with plenty of drama. But on Long Island, the mood was nostalgic as the New York Islanders played their final regular season game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
To mark the occasion, the Isles wore special "throwback jerseys." I use the quotes because all they did was put orange numbers on their regular home jersey — which itself is a throwback.
The Islanders wore orange numbers on their blue road jerseys only for their inaugural season in 1972-73 — also their first season at NVMC.
Brooklyn's Barclays Center will be the team's new home beginning in the fall. For now, the Isles will continue to play home games at the Coliseum as the postseason gets underway against Washington.
Speaking of the Capitals, they also wore a special jersey to close out the regular season — bringing back their 2015 Winter Classic sweaters one last time.
UPDATE · Apr 13 · Not to be forgotten, the Los Angeles Kings closed out the season at home on Saturday wearing their Stadium Series jerseys. The Sharks wore teal.
But the San Jose Sharks did get some extra uses out of their outdoor jerseys as well. We saw them on Feb. 28 against the Senators and again on March 14 versus the Blackhawks.
Speaking of the Hawks, it would appear they were the only team whose outdoor jersey did not get a second use indoors this season.