Brad Richards scored two goals and Ryan McDonagh got credit for a short-handed goal after a comical mistake by Jonathan Quick as the New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Monday for their first victory of the season.
Quick stopped 25 shots in the Kings’ home opener, but the star goalie also misplayed McDonagh’s harmless cleared puck from deep in the New York end in the third period, knocking it into his own net.
Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves, and Rick Nash assisted on both of Richards’ goals for the Rangers (1-1), who are opening the season on a nine-game road trip.
Jake Muzzin scored for the Kings (1-2), who have scored just six goals in three games this season.
Quick’s first home game since his 10-year, US$58 million contract extension kicked in featured maybe the most embarrassing goal allowed by the Kings’ Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
Los Angeles trailed by one goal when Brian Boyle won a faceoff to Lundqvist’s left. McDonagh quickly cleared the puck off the far boards, and Quick skated to his left to play it.
However, Quick’s stick slipped out of his hands as he knelt, and he reached for it while the puck glanced off his right pad and ricocheted straight into his net. The Staples Center crowd howled in disbelief, and Quick hung his head.
In Edmonton, Alberta, Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout for the Oilers, who erased a three-goal deficit in the third period against goalie Martin Brodeur to beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, Perron, and Taylor Hall all scored their first goals of the season in a 7 minute, 47 second span to make it 4-3.
However, despite getting a power play with 2:51 left in regulation, the Oilers (1-2) were forced to go to overtime.
Jason LaBarbera made 21 saves through the extra session and stopped both Devils attempts in the shootout. Brodeur made 23 saves, but was zero-for-two in the tiebreaker.
Edmonton’s victory helped the Oilers avoid their worst start since 1995, when they were 0-4.