Hockey Night's 3 Stars senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names Alex Auld, Gilbert Brule and James van Riemsdyk as the top performers in the NHL from Wednesday night. senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Wednesday night.

FIRST STAR: Alex Auld, G, Dallas Stars

Auld was in tough on Wednesday, on the road against one of the hottest teams in the league in the Red Wings. But the Dallas backup goalie was up to the task with a 31-save effort that included a controversial no-goal call on Detroit's Brad May. The Stars' 3-1 win was Detroit's first regulation-time loss at Joe Louis Arena this season.

SECOND STAR: Gilbert Brule, F, Edmonton Oilers

Brule scored a goal and added an assist in the Oilers' come-from-behind 6-4 victory against Colorado. Edmonton scored four consecutive goals, three in the third period, to overcome a 4-2 deficit. Brule set up Patrick O'Sullivan's game-winner midway through the third.

THIRD STAR: James van Riemsdyk, F, Philadelphia Flyers

The 20-year-old van Riemsdyk scored his sixth goal and fourth game-winner in the Flyers' 3-2 win in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia rookie has put himself in the picture for a spot on the United States Olympic team and is tied for the league lead in game-winners with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone.