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Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, left, celebrates his third goal of the game with teammate Chris Kunitz against the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Wednesday night.

FIRST STAR: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

The Penguins captain loves playing against the team he grew up cheering for and the team that drafted his father. On the third anniversary of his first NHL hat trick, Crosby enjoyed his third career three-goal game in Pittsburgh’s 6-1 victory against Montreal. He now has 10 goals and 22 points in 15 games against the Canadiens.

SECOND STAR: Wojtek Wolski, Colorado

It’s difficult to single out a player from the league-leading Avalanche these days, but Wolski scored a highlight reel game-winner late in the game to give Colorado a come-from-behind 3-2 win  against Calgary. Wolski has eight goals in 13 games after struggling last season with 14 goals in 78 outings.

THIRD STAR: Ryan Miller, Buffalo

In a possible matchup of starting Olympic goalies, U.S.-born Miller bested his Canadian counterpart Martin Brodeur for a 4-1 victory over New Jersey. Miller made 31 saves to improve his save percentage to a .944, tops among the league's starting netminders. He's also the only undefeated NHL starter at 7-0-1 this season.