Hockey Night's 3 Stars
CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Wednesday night.
The Canadiens goalie stopped 46 shots in a 5-1 victory in Carolina for his third win in a row. Halak now is 9-5-0 with a 2.57 goals against average and solid .923 save percentage.
With Hockey Hall of Famer Vladislav Tretiak, the former Soviet goalie now serving as Russia's Olympic general manager, looking on, Malkin had his fourth career hat trick to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 8-2 at home.
Chara is well below the production he put up the past two seasons when he scored a combined 36 goals and 101 points, but the big defenceman checked in with a goal and an assist in the Bruins 6-4 win at home against Atlanta.