Penguins forward Jordan Staal celebrates the OT winner in a 5-4 win at New York. ((Kathy Kmonicek/Associated Press))

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

FIRST STAR: Jordan Staal, C, Pittsburgh

The Penguins forward scored his second goal of the game with 78 seconds remaining in overtime to give Pittsburgh a 5-4 victory against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Staal also chipped in an assist as the Penguins moved past New Jersey and into first place in the Atlantic Division. The Devils, however, have two games in hand.

SECOND STAR: Henrik Lundqvist, G, N.Y. Rangers

The Swedish Olympian made a career high 50 saves in a losing cause. But his efforts did gain the Rangers a point in the overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

THIRD STAR: Scott Walker, RW, Washington

Walker did a lot more than fit in with his new team in his debut game. The Capitals newcomer scored twice, including the winner, in a 2:58 span in the third period to lead the Capitals to a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. It was Washington's 12th straight home win, extending the team record.