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John Tavares (91) and Matt Moulson celebrate in New York's 5-2 victory at Vancouver. ((Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press))

CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby picks Tuesday's top NHL performers:

FIRST STAR: John Tavares, LW, N.Y. Islanders

The Islanders rookie busted out of a slump with a two-goal, three-assist performance in his team's unexpected 5-2 win in Vancouver. The 19-year-old had only three goals in his past 37 games, but his five-point outing tied the franchise single-game points record.

SECOND STAR: Glen Metropolit, C, Montreal

Where would the Canadiens be without the two-way play of the 35-year-old Metropolit this season? He extended his career-high goal total to 16 with his 10th power-play goal in the Canadiens' important 3-1 win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

THIRD STAR: Jonas Gustavsson, G, Toronto

The rookie Maple Leafs goalie made 30 saves in Toronto's 3-1 win in Ottawa. Gustavsson's fourth win in a row allowed the Maple Leafs to take the season series against their provincial rivals with four wins in six games.