There were many things to take away from the Islanders' home opener against the Penguins Saturday night, but chief among them was thisùthe worst is over.
It couldn't get much worse last season. The Isles finished with the fewest points in the NHL, and had so many injuries it was almost impossible to gauge the development of their young players or the success of first-year coach Scott Gordon's system.
That failure, however, yielded the No. 1 overall draft pick with which the Islanders selected John Tavares. And while the rookie center scored a goal and an assist in his debut, the points were almost secondary to the other thing he delivered in spadesùhope.
The full house at Nassau Coliseum came to see a savior, and they were not disappointed.
But they got much more. Th ...
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