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Hockey Night's 3 Stars

Good thing Dany Heatley rejected a trade to the Oilers as Dustin Penner, who reportedly was part of the package heading to Ottawa, had five points Thursday night in Edmonton's 6-4 win over Nashville.

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby discusses Thursday night's top performers in the NHL.

Three stars

1. Dustin Penner, Edmonton. Good thing Dany Heatley rejected a trade to the Oilers. Penner would have been shipped to Ottawa as part of the package in exchange for Heatley, who wound up in San Jose. Penner scored twice and enjoyed a five-point game in Edmonton's 6-4 come-from-behind win against Columbus to push his totals to seven goals and 14 points in nine games, compared to Heatley at six goals and 12 points in 10 games.

2. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles. The Slovenian native scored his first career hat trick in the Kings' 5-4 overtime win over the Dallas Stars. He's tied with Washington's Alex Ovechkin for first in league scoring with 16 points in 10 games.

3. Glen Metropolit, Montreal. Others like Ottawa's Jason Spezza (three assists) or Nashville's J.P. Dumont (one goal, four assists) had more points, but Metropolit made a big impact in his return to the Canadiens after a six-game absence because of a rib injury. The fourth-line centre set up two goals in the Habs' 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders.