Recaps of Friday night’s NHL games, the latest on Patrick Kane, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andrej Meszaros and Derek Stepan, and an update on escrow.

Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates OT winner over Islanders.

Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates OT winner over Capitals.

NJ.COM/WASHINGTON TIMES: Ilya Kovalchuk’s sharp-angle goal in overtime gave the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 victory over the struggling Washington Capitals, who had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime on goals by Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green. The loss spoiled a superb performance by Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, who made 32 saves and kept his club in the game. The Devils are 3-0 since the season began.

MLIVE.COM/STARTRIBUNE: Todd Bertuzzi, returning the lineup after sidelined a week with an illness, scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Pavel Datsyuk and Valtteri Filppula had 3-point nights,  while Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and assist. Zach Parise scored two of the Wild’s three goals in a losing cause.

BOSTON HERALD/NEWSDAY: Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the NY Islanders.  Bruins rookie blueliner Dougie Hamilton had two assists. Keith Aucoin scored both Islanders goals.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM/THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Carolina Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals downing the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. Hurricanes backup goalie Dan Ellis (40 saves, .976 SP) out-dueled Sabres starter Ryan Miller (39 saves, .951 SP) for the win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For recaps of the Penguins-Jets, Senators-Lightning and Canucks-Ducks games, check out “Canadian Corner”.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane’s new-found workmanlike approach has contributed to his fast start to this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane also benefited from playing in Switzerland during the lockout, where he lived in an apartment with his mother. The result was more focus on the game and less on nightlife. Just part of the maturing process for a young player.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk credits a soul-searching lunch with senior Blues advisor Al MacInnis following last year’s playoffs  with improving his overall performance this season.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is expected to miss a month to a shoulder injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s fueled speculation the Flyers are pursuing a certain unsigned young defenseman from a Canadian club. Check out the Rumors section later this morning for the latest.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers center Derek Stepan is facing pressure to step up his game as the club’s second-line center.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun presents the perfect cure for insomnia: a quick look at NHL escrow rates…Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

In seriousness, the escrow rate for this season had been set at ten percent as per mutual agreement between the NHL and NHLPA.  As per LeBrun:

“If players’ compensation does not go over their 50 percent hockey-related-revenue allotment for the season, they will be refunded the escrow payments with interest.  However, if the players’ compensation exceeds the 50 percent share, the owners will be paid the escrow money.”

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