Tomas Holstrom, left, and Pavel Datsyuk exult in a 2-1 Red Wings win on Monday. ((Larry MacDougal/Canadian Press))

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

FIRST STAR: Tomas Holmstrom, LW, Detroit

Given the magnitude of the goal, the crease-crashing Red Wings forward gets first star honours for his late game-winner in Detroit’s critical 2-1 road win at Calgary. Holmstron's deflection on Johan Franzen’s shot with 1:19 remaining was his 20th of the season and put Detroit up three points on the Flames in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 13 games left in the regular season. It was his fifth game-winner of the season.

SECOND STAR: Kristian Huselius, LW, Columbus

The Blue Jackets forward scored once and assisted on three others in a 5-3 win at home against the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers are just 1-14-1 away from home since mid-December.

THIRD STAR: David Clarkson, RW, New Jersey

The truculent Devils forward scored his first goal since Nov. 16 and added an assist in New Jersey's 3-2 win at home against Boston. Clarkson missed 23 games from Dec. 31 to Feb. 13 with a broken leg.