Hockey Night's 3 Stars
CBCSports.ca senior reporter Tim Wharnsby names the top performers in the NHL from Thursday night.
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.