Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Richards scored a pair of goals and
the New York Rangers earned their first win of the season -- and the first for
new head coach Alain Vigneault -- by beating the Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, at
Ryan McDonagh was credited with a short-handed goal in the third period after
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick misplayed a puck off the boards.
Quick finished with 25 saves in the loss, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped all
but one of the 29 shots he faced after giving up four goals in a season-
opening loss to the Coyotes last Thursday.
Jake Muzzin scored the only goal for the Kings, who have dropped two straight
after opening the campaign with a shootout win against the Wild.
Los Angeles never led in its home opener, as Richards put New York in front to
stay with 6:28 remaining the first period. Rick Nash created a turnover
and threw a shot on net that was turned aside by Quick, who was knocked off
balance and couldn't recover in time to stop Richards' sharp-angle rebound.
The next goal was also credited to Richards, whose pass intended for Derick
Brassard deflected of Slava Voynov's stick and through the legs of Quick at
the 10:46 mark of the middle stanza.
Both teams had a man in the penalty box 15 seconds later, and on the 4-of-4
Mike Richards found Muzzin between the circles for a wrister into the right
corner that halved Los Angeles' deficit.
LA's Trevor Lewis hit the post on a breakaway late in the period, and the
Kings found themselves in a 3-1 hole when McDonagh sent a length-of-the-ice
clear off the boards that somehow fooled Quick at the 4:39 mark of the third.
Richards recorded the 24th two-goal game in his career ... Rangers captain
Ryan Callahan, who missed the season opener while recovering from offseason
shoulder surgery, needed dental assistance after taking a stick to the face in
the opening period ... The clubs were meeting in Los Angeles for the first
time since a 2-1 Kings victory on Feb. 2, 2010 ... The Kings fell to 23-15-8
all-time in home openers.
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