Hockey Night's 3 Stars senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names Martin Erat, Dan Sexton and Mike Richards as his top performers in the NHL from Tuesday night. senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Tuesday night.

FIRST STAR: Martin Erat, Nashville

The Predators forward scored into an empty net for his second career hat trick in a 4-2 win at home against Vancouver. After just one goal in his first 17 games, Erat has scored eight times in his last 10 games.

SECOND STAR: Dan Sexton, Anaheim

In his third game, the rookie out of Bowling Green University, who has been asked to fill a void created by the left hand injury to Teemu Selanne, scored his first two NHL goals to help the Ducks overcome a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win in overtime against Dallas.

THIRD STAR: Mike Richards, Philadelphia

With his leadership in question, Richards temporarily stopped the Flyers' slide with a two-goal, one-assist effort in his team's 6-2 win at home against the Islanders. It was the first win in three games for new coach Peter Laviolette.