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Hockey Night's 3 Stars

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names Zack Stortini, Ryan Miller and Andy Greene as his top performers in the NHL from Wednesday night.

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Wednesday night.

FIRST STAR: Zack Stortini, F, Edmonton

The Oilers tough guy checked in with a Gordie Howe hat trick-plus in his team's 3-2 win in Tampa Bay. Stortini scored the game-winning goal, assisted on another and engaged in two fights as the Oilers won their fourth straight on the road for the first time since Nov. 14 to Dec. 8, 2005.

SECOND STAR: Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo

The Sabres netminder stopped 35 shots for a 3-0 win against Washington. It was the first time Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals' league-leading offence were blanked this season, and the loss ended a six-game win streak. Meanwhile, Miller is tied for the league lead for shutouts with four along with Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov and also has the NHL's lowest goals-against average (1.82) and top save percentage (.938).

THIRD STAR: Andy Greene, D, New Jersey

The sad thing with Greene's first career two-goal game, in a 4-2 Devils win against Carolina, is that only 12,013 fans were in attendance at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. What is also disturbing about the small crowd is that New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur had a chance to notch his NHL record 104th shutout after attaining No. 103 on Monday.

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