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Hockey Night's 3 Stars

CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby picks Thursday's top NHL performers.

CBCSports.ca senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby picks Thursday's top NHL performers:

FIRST STAR: Antero Niittymaki, G, Tampa Bay

The Lightning netminder made 47 saves to give Tampa Bay its second win in a row and the 500th in franchise history, a 5-3 decision in Boston against the Bruins. Niittymaki was especially good in the third period when he stopped 19 shots to stem the Bruins comeback attempt.

SECOND STAR: Brian Gionta, RW, Montreal

The Canadiens sniper reached the 25-goal mark for the third time in his career with a two-goal effort in Montreal's 4-1 win at home against the Florida Panthers. Gionta has scored four times in the past four games.

THIRD STAR: Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose

The Russian goaltender hasn't been solid since his dismal performance for Russia at the Vancouver Olympics. But he turned in an 27-save shutout performance in Sharks 3-0 win at home against the Dallas Stars.

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