Buzzing The Net's Three Stars from Team QMJHL's 5-2 win over the Russian Selects in Game 2 of the Subway Super Series at Val-d'Or, Que."
No. 1 star: Nathan MacKinnon, Team QMJHL
Tuesday belonged to polling guru Nate Silver, but no vote was needed on Wednesday to know that this Nate was golden. The top prospect for the 2013 NHL draft went from being minus-4 in Game 1 to having four points (1G-3A, +2) to help the Q snap its five-game losing streak in the event. MacKinnon had some effective shifts late in Monday's game after he was moved back from the unfamiliar right wing to centre. His comfort zone got bigger when teammate Jonathan Drouin (1G-3A, +2) returned from a foot injury and the Halifax Mooseheads pair teamed up with Team Canada incumbent Jonathan Huberdeau (2G-1A, +2) to combine for 11 points.
"I was a little more simple today," MacKinnon, who had a bad turnover that led to a Russian goal in Game 1, told Sportsnet. "I was a little more patient with my play. I kind of let things come to me... obviously having the two Jonathans with me really helped. We clicked well tonight. Having a guy like Huberdeau, the  third overall pick, the best player in the CHL right now an Jonathan [Drouin], who's elevated his game 10 times from what he was, probably the most skilled player in the draft, those are two fun guys to play with."
MacKinnon's best moments included threading a cross-crease pass a four-way passing play that Huberdeau finished off to put the Q stars up 3-1 late in the second period. The 17-year-old then set up the final two goals, first by firing a bullet pass to Drouin to set up a shot and a rebound opportunity that he buried. With 4:15 left and Russia within two, MacKinnon blazed into Russia's zone, followed up as Huberdeau rode defender Kirill Dyakov off the puck and teed up Drouin to snap a shot past NHL first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski.
No. 2 star: Jonathan Huberdeau, Team QMJHL
The captain's two second-period goals helped the Quebecers (and Maritimers) pull away. They never trailed Huberdeau poked the puck by Russia's Nikita Nesterov at centre ice to create a 2-on-0 rush with MacKinnon, where he buried the return feed. Later in the period, Huberdeau got open to Vasilevski's led as the puck went around the zone from Xavier Ouellet to Drouin to MacKinnon and finally to the Florida Panthers first-round pick. —
No. 3 star: Jonathan Drouin, Team QMJHL
The 17-year-old, with his four-point effort, showed why many wonder if he's the equal of his Moosehead mate MacKinnon and also made a case to be included in Canada's national junior team selection camp next month. Drouin, less than a week removed from a foot injury, had the secondary assists on each of Huberdeau's goals, then factored into both of his side's third-period tallies. His clincher with 4:15 to play was the quintessential goal-scorer's goal. Cracking Team Canada as a 17-year-old might be a lot to expect of him, but this performance will have many stoked to see him get a shot.
Honourable mention: Andrei Sigarev, Team Russia
The 19-year-old scored a short-handed goal in the first period after redirecting the puck when Nail Yakupov lobbed it on the net. He nearly sniped another short-hander in the second period late in the second period, beating Ottawa Senators-drafted goalie François Brassard only to have his shot hit the post. Seconds later, Team QMJHL seized on the reprieve, as Huberdeau finished off a four-way passing play to open a 3-1 lead.
Honourable mention: Francis Beauviller, Team QMJHL
The Panthers sixth-rounder, whose speed makes him an energetic two-way player with the Rimouski Océanic, opened the scoring just 59 seconds into the game. The 19-year-old surprised Vasilevski by snapping a quick shot off a faceoff and his energy was high all night. Sportsnet selected Beauvillier as its hardest-working player of the game. All told, Florida picks scored three of Team QMJHL's five goals.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.