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Hockey Night's 3 Stars

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

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

Sidney Crosby had six points as the Penguins beat the Islanders 6-4 on Tuesday. ((Keith Srakocic/Associated Press))

FIRST STAR: Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh

Crosby had two goals and four assists, matching his career high of six points in the Penguins' 6-4 win at home against the New York Islanders. Crosby now has 32 goals on the season, two behind the league-leading pace set by San Jose's Patrick Marleau.

SECOND STAR: Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh

Malkin recorded his fifth career hat trick in the Penguins win to end the Islanders' four-game win streak. He busted out of a slump last Saturday that had not seen him score in 11 matches, and now has four goals in his past two games.

THIRD STAR: Marian Gaborik, RW, N.Y. Rangers

Gaborik had the second four-assist game of his nine-year career in the Rangers' 8-2 win against Tampa Bay. Only two Rangers skaters — Michal Rozsival and Artem Anisimov — failed to register a point in the victory.

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