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Niklas Kronwall was in on four of Detroit's nine goals against Columbus. ((Doug Pensinger/Getty Images))

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

FIRST STAR: Niklas Kronwall, D, Detroit Red Wings

Kronwall scored twice and assisted on two other goals in Detroit's 9-1 thrashing of Columbus, which spoiled Ken Hitchcock's 1,000th game behind an NHL bench.

SECOND STAR: Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo Sabres

Miller blocked 28 shots and was excellent during a five-minute Oilers power play late in the game to preserve Buffalo's 3-1 victory. The Sabres goalie has the league's lowest goals-against average at 1.82, ranks second in save percentage at .938 and is tied for third with 10 wins.

THIRD STAR: Randy Jones, D, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings claimed Jones off waivers on Oct. 29, but the defenceman had yet to play for his new team until Wednesday. In his debut he scored a power-play goal and assisted on another in L.A.'s 5-2 win over Carolina, which has now lost 13 in a row.