The Buffalo Sabres’ season is over. Try not to cry.

Aside from the scoreboard crashing to the ice again or the team having to forfeit for lack of players, there was no more fitting end to the Sabres’ miserable season than goal-less Ville Leino losing the puck and failing to score in a shootout Sunday night.

Buffalo’s chaos-filled, loss-plagued, forgettable year ended with a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Leino, the much-maligned face of the downtrodden bunch, had a chance to extend the shootout but couldn’t get off a shot.

Despite the game-long urging of 18,804 fans in First Niagara Center, Leino finished with no goals on only 38 shots in 58 games. The Sabres found the net just 150 times this season, one fewer than the 151 scored by the 1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning.

“It just didn’t happen,” Leino said. “It’s been rough.”

The Sabres finished last in the 30-team NHL with a 21-51-10 record, including only 14 regulation or overtime victories. They endured a 2-16-2 slide during their final 20 games. They totaled 52 points, 14 fewer than 29th-place Florida.

“It’s just one of those years,” said coach Ted Nolan, who was impressed so many beleaguered Buffalonians stayed in the arena on “Fan Appreciation Night.” “It’s two last-place teams playing, and the fans are still right here till the end cheering and everything.

“I had a meeting with the team afterward, and that’s why it’s so important this summer that we come back with a whole different attitude to try to get this thing turned around because if there’s fans that deserve a championship, this is the town.”

What’s sure to be a wild offseason begins today when the Sabres report for locker cleanout. General Manager Tim Murray and Nolan will kiss the season goodbye with a news conference Tuesday, which is also when the NHL Draft Lottery will be held. The Sabres have the best chance of getting the No. 1 pick for June’s selection process.