Hockey Night's 3 Stars senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Bryzgalov and Steven Stamkos as his top performers in the NHL from Thursday night. senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Thursday night.

FIRST STAR: Alex Ovechkin, Washington

The Great Eight collected two more goals in the Capitals 4-3 victory against Atlanta. He already has 13 goals in 12 games to lead the league and is on pace for an 88-goal season, a total that would surpass the career-high 65 goals he scored in 2007-08.

SECOND STAR: Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix

He made 32 saves for his league-leading third shutout this season in a 2-0 Coyotes victory against St. Louis. This was his 200th career NHL game and his 12th career shutout. The Russian has seven victories in 10 starts this season and is a big reason why the bankrupt Coyotes have won six of their past eight games and are 8-4-0 for their best start since going 9-1-2 in 2000-01.

THIRD STAR: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

The sophomore sensation scored two power-play goals in the Lightning's 5-2 win against Ottawa. The 19-year-old centre has scored six goals in his past four games and already has nine goals in 10 games this season after checking in with 23 in his 79-match rookie season.