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Thursday’s Three Stars: Bailey shines vs. Pens; Smith blanks Sharks for third time

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No. 1 Star: Josh Bailey, New York Islanders

Bailey continued his red-hot production of late with a 2-goal, 5-point night as the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second time this week 5-3. Kyle Okposo scored a pair of goals to set a career high with 20 and Al Montoya stopped 26 shots. Bailey now has 8 points his last two games and 12 points over his current 6-game points streak.

No. 2 Star: Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes

Smith became the first goalie to shutout the San Jose Sharks three times in a season with a 38-save performance in a 2-0 win. Radim Vrbata scored twice and Ray Whitney assisted on both to bring his career points total to 999. The shutout was Smith's sixth of the year and 17th in the career. With the win the Coyotes moved into seventh in the West.

No. 3 Star: Ryan Malone, Tampa Bay Lightning

Malone did all he could to help lead the Lightning to victory, but his hat trick wasn't enough as the New Jersey Devils took the two points with a 6-4 victory. It was the fourth career hat trick by Malone. A 4-goal second period powered the Devils to the win with five different players each chipping in two points.

Honorable mention: Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds scored twice and Danny Briere assisted on all four tallies as the Philadelphia Flyers routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-1. Jaromir Jagr had himself three helpers as the win moved Philadelphia to within two points of the Penguins for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference ... Washington blew a 2-0 third period lead but managed a 3-2 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins. Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson scored in regulation for the Caps and Brooks Laich put home the shootout winner as Washington tied Buffalo for the No. 8 seed in the East. Matt Hendricks has 22 career goals, but it's in the shootout where he continually works his magic. Tonight, he made Tim Thomas look silly on this attempt:

Erik Christensen's goal with 31 seconds left forced overtime and then Mikko Koivu's winner 15 seconds into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Florida Panthers. Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in his first start in almost a month ... Evgeni Malkin scored his 47th goal of the season, which was also his 100th point ... Chicago almost blew a 3-1 lead, but salvaged the two points thanks to a Dave Bolland goal in the shootout during a 4-3 Blackhawks win over the St. Louis Blues.

Did you know? "Toronto fell to 4-8-2 since Randy Carlyle replaced Ron Wilson as coach March 2." (AP)

Dishonorable mention: Tomas Vokoun left the game late in the first period and did not return for Washington ... Does Jason Chimera deserve supplemental discipline for his charge on Adam McQuaid? ... Jonas Gustavsson was supposed to start for Toronto tonight, but took a puck off the knee during warmups and left the game. Emergency recall Jussi Rynnas was summoned for duty and allowed all seven Philadelphia goals ... The Leafs have now lost 11 straight at home ... Dwayne Roloson allowed six goals, the fifth time this season he's let in more than five in a start ... Things got so bad at Air Canada Centre the fans started a "Let's Go Blue Jays" chant.

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