NY Rangers beat LA Kings 3-1 with Quick's mistake

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 8, 2013 at 1:11 am •  Published: October 8, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist knows how Jonathan Quick felt after giving up an embarrassing, inexcusable goal.

Lundqvist and the New York Rangers didn't let empathy get in the way of their excitement about their first victory of the season.

Brad Richards scored two goals, Ryan McDonagh got credit for a short-handed goal on a comical mistake by Quick, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Monday night for their first win under new coach Alain Vigneault.

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 early in the third period, knocking it into his own net.

"I feel for him," said Lundqvist, who made 28 saves. "It happens sometimes, but we'll take it."

Quick's first home game since his 10-year, $58 million contract extension kicked in featured maybe the most regrettable goal allowed by the Kings' Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

After Brian Boyle won a faceoff to Lundqvist's left, McDonagh quickly cleared the puck off the far boards. Quick skated to his left to play it, but his 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.

"I didn't watch it go down (the ice)," McDonagh said. "I didn't know what happened at all. Still trying to get the full story. I was just kind of looking over at our bench, and guys started throwing their sticks up in the air."

The Staples Center crowd howled in disbelief, and Quick hung his head. He didn't stay down for long — and when the Los Angeles crowd gave him a Bronx cheer when he stopped the Rangers' next dump-in shot, he waved his glove at the fans.

"You play 60 minutes and you try to stop the puck for your teammates, that's the thought process," Quick said. "Everyone gives up that goal, and it's part of the game."

Rick Nash assisted on both of Richards' goals for the Rangers (1-1), who are opening the season on a nine-game road trip. New York had three days off after losing the season opener at Phoenix.

With Madison Square Garden getting extensive renovations, New York is on the road until Oct. 28, facing all three California clubs this week. Vigneault is using the time away as a test for the Rangers.

"I really liked the way we responded after they scored," Vigneault said. "We came right back at them and we kept pushing the pace. Obviously, we got a little bit lucky on the third goal, but part of this game. You need a little bit of luck, and we got it there."