Andrei Vasilveksiy made 35 saves, Tyler Johnson broke a tie with 1:26 left, and the Tampa Bay Lighting beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Thursday night.

Vasilevskiy has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of 12 games.

Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders with right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Johnson scored from just outside the crease off a pass from Nikita Kucherov. Steven Stamkos added an empty-netter.

Tampa Bay, with the NHL’s best record at 12-3-1, also got goals from Mathieu Joseph and J.T. Miller.

Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) watches as New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40) stops his shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) watches as New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40) stops his shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Josh Bailey scored twice and Robin Lehner stopped 23 shots for the Islanders. They had a seven-game (5-0-2) points streak end.

The Islanders pulled even at 2 on Bailey’s in-close goal at 8:43 of the third.

New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) knocks down Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) knocks down Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

After Joseph scored at 5:58 of the second, Mikhail Sergachev skated in from the blue line and set up Miller’s goal with a pass through the slot that put Tampa Bay up 2-1 with 8:48 left in the period.

Bailey opened the scoring 3:40 into the first with a spin move while being challenged by Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman in the low slot.

New York Islanders right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (14) gets around Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
New York Islanders right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (14) gets around Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Vasilevskiy made a pad save on Casey Cizikas’ low slot rebound, and soon after stopped Johnny Boychuk’s low right circle shot and froze the puck with his glove near the goal line 14 minutes in the second.

New York went 0 for 5 on the power play, including a two-man advantage for just under a minute to start the third.

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) celebrates with teammates on the bench after his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) celebrates with teammates on the bench after his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Tampa Bay didn’t score on four power-play chances.

Center Mathew Barzal assisted on Bailey’s second goal and needs two points in his next game to reach 100 in his first 100 NHL games. The only players to achieve the feat when starting their career with the Islanders are Mike Bossy (79 games) and Bryan Trottier (93 games).

New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz talks to players during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz talks to players during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

NOTES: Lightning RW Ryan Callahan took part in a ceremony puck drop with Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch on Military Appreciation Night. Both are from Rochester, New York. … Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman (shoulder) missed his seventh straight game but has practiced the past two days and is nearing a return. … Tampa Bay LW Ondrej Palat (foot) also missed his seventh consecutive game and the team announced he will miss four more weeks. … Islanders LW Matt Martin (upper body) sat out his third straight game.

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a shot by New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on a shot by New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Islanders: Play at Florida Saturday night.

Lightning: Complete a three-game homestand Saturday night against Ottawa.

New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) shoots wide of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) shoots wide of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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Source: The Associated Press

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