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Hockey Night's 3 Stars

CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names Mike Brodeur, Tyler Bozak and Brian Gionta as the top performers in the NHL from Thursday night.

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

Mike Brodeur shut out the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images))

FIRST STAR: Mike Brodeur, G, Ottawa

The Senators rookie made like his namesake in New Jersey, recording his first career shutout. Brodeur's 32-save effort in Ottawa’s 2-0 win  against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden enabled the Senators to halt a five-game slide. Brodeur found out after a morning practice in Binghamton, N.Y., with the Senators farm club that he was needed in Manhattan because Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire was injured during the morning skate.

SECOND STAR: Tyler Bozak, C, Toronto

Another rookie rode to the rescue of a struggling team. Bozak scored his first career NHL goal and assisted on another as the Leafs ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-0 win at home against Philadelphia.

THIRD STAR: Brian Gionta, RW, Montreal

Gionta scored his second goal of the game on a power play midway through the third period for the game winner in the Canadiens' 5-3 victory  at home against Dallas. The 30-year-old forward has 12 goals in 27 games for Montreal this season.