Hockey Night's 3 Stars senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names Tomas Vokoun, Ilya Kovalchuk and Tomas Plekanec as his top performers in the NHL from Thursday night.
Tomas Vokoun stops an attempt by Boston's Blake Wheeler to help preserve Florida's 1-0 shootout win. ((Elsa/Getty Images)) senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Thursday night.

FIRST STAR: Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers

Both Vokoun and his Boston counterpart, Tim Thomas, enjoyed shutouts in the Panthers' 1-0 shootout win. But Vokoun was the busier of the two goalies, making 40 saves, including 19 in the second period. After a slow start, he is rolling with three shutouts in his last four starts.

SECOND STAR: Ilya Kovalchuk, F, Atlanta Thrashers

Kovalchuk had an immediate impact upon his return after missing three weeks with a broken right foot. The Thrashers captain scored his 10th goal and set up two others in Atlanta's 5-3 road win against the Rangers. Atlanta went 3-3-0 without their Russian leader.

THIRD STAR: Tomas Plekanec, F, Montreal Canadiens

Montreal's leading point-getter — 17 points, including four goals — set up his team's first three goals in a 4-2 victory in Phoenix. The Canadiens have improved to 10-2-4 against the Coyotes since the franchise moved to the desert in 1997.