UNIONDALE, N.Y. – John Tavares scored 3:23 into overtime for the New York Islanders, who snapped the Tampa Bay Lightning's four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday
Tavares got to a loose puck near the left post and swept a shot past goalie Dan Ellis to give the Islanders their first win of the season when they didn't score first.
P.A. Parenteau got the Islanders even at 1 in the closing seconds of the second period, and Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves to give New York points in three straight games (2-0-1).
Ryan Malone staked the Lightning to a 1-0 lead in the first period. Ellis was solid in making 26 saves. It was the goalie's second straight start since Mike Smith sustained a knee injury that is expected to keep him out for about two weeks.
Ellis had a relatively easy first period when the Lightning held a 16-3 shots advantage, but then kept his team even in the third when New York had several prime scoring chances — including two 2-on-1 breaks during one shift.
Malone cleaned up a loose puck in front of Roloson after his initial shot hit New York defenseman Travis Hamonic in the skate in the crease. The puck bounced back to Malone in the slot, and he scored into an open net with 8:32 left in the first.
The Islanders, 3-17-4 in their past 24 games, tied it at 1 with 17 seconds left in the second period on Parenteau's sixth goal of the season.
Tavares won a race to the puck behind the Lightning net and sent a quick pass into the right circle to Parenteau, who sent a shot under Ellis' leg for his second goal in three games. That helped the Islanders improve to 1-15-3 in games in which they trailed 1-0.
New York (7-18-6) still has the fewest points in the NHL, but can pass New Jersey on Thursday if they beat the Devils on the road.
The Islanders have two wins over the Lightning this season.
Roloson got the nod for just the fourth time in 12 games. He stood in for ailing Rick DiPietro, who was placed on the injured list on Wednesday because of swelling in his surgically repaired left knee. Roloson (3-12-1) hadn't won since back-to-back victories on Oct. 16-18.
New York kept high-flying forward Steven Stamkos in check, holding him off the score sheet. Stamkos, second in the NHL with 26 goals, had scored five times in five games before Wednesday.
The Islanders also were impressive on the penalty-kill, turning aside the Lightning's top-ranked power-play unit five times in six chances.
NOTES: Malone scored his first NHL goal against current Islanders general manager Garth Snow on Oct. 29, 2003, while with Pittsburgh. ... The Islanders recalled C Josh Bailey from Bridgeport of the AHL. Bailey, who hadn't played with New York since Nov. 21, had six goals and 11 assists in 11 games in the minors. ... The Lightning have played the most road games this season, going 9-8-3.
(This version CORRECTS Islanders 2, Lightning 1, OT; Corrects record when Islanders trail 1-0 in 7th paragraph.)