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Hockey Night's 3 Stars

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby gives to Mike Knuble, Antero Niittymaki and Ryan Potulny for their play over the weekend.
Ryan Potulny scored his first goal in an Edmonton uniform and added an assist as the Oilers downed Colorado on Sunday. ((David Zalubowski/Associated Press))

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL over games played between Friday through Sunday.

FIRST STAR: Mike Knuble, F, Washington Capitals

No Alex Ovechkin. No Mike Green. No problem for the Capitals. They were led by 37-year-old Mike Knuble, who scored twice and set up two Tomas Fleischmann goals in the third period of Washington’s 7-4 victory against Florida on Saturday.

SECOND STAR: Antero Niittymaki, G, Tampa Bay Lightning 

The Finn is the hottest goaltender in the league right now. He is 2-0-2 in his last five appearances and has stopped 151 of 158 shots, including a 36-save effort in a 3-1 win in Montreal on Saturday. He now leads the league with a .940 save percentage.

THIRD STAR: Ryan Potulny, F, Edmonton Oilers

The 25-year-old forward made quite a first impression on his Oilers teammates. In his first game after being summoned from the minors, Potulny scored the game-winner on the power play early in the third period and assisted on Tom Gilbert’s first-period power-play goal in a 5-3 win over Colorado on Sunday.