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.