Tampa Bay de­feats New York in 4-2 win

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports - BY MARK DIDTLER

An­drei Vasil­veskiy 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.

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 123-1, also got goals from Mathieu Joseph and J.T. Miller.

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 in­close goal at 8:43 of the third.

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.

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 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).

CHRIS O'MEARA AP

Is­lan­ders goalie Robin Lehner watches a shot go into the net for Thurs­day in Tampa, Fla.

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