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Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock and captain Nicklas Lidstrom (5) merited first and second star status, respectively. ((Jim McIsaac/Getty Images))

CBCSports.ca senior hockey reporter Tim Wharnsby picks the top performers in the NHL on Monday:

FIRST STAR: Mike Babcock, Coach, Detroit

A little more than 24 hours after Mike Babcock coached Team Canada to gold at the Vancouver Olympics, he steered the Detroit Red Wings into eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3-2 win in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche. "I like winning," he said.

SECOND STAR: Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit

Lidstrom and Sweden were disappointed when they were dropped in the Olympic quarter-finals by Slovakia, but the stalwart defenceman rebounded in his first NHL game to score the game-winner and he added an assist in the Red Wings important victory.

THIRD STAR: Chris Stewart, RW, Colorado

The Avalanche forward scored his 20th of the season and chipped in an assist in Colorado’s 3-2 loss to the Red Wings. The 22-year-old Stewart has three goals and eight points in his past five games.