NYR at LA: GIF - Jonathan Quick's epic puck handling gaffe

Oct 8, 12:53 AM

The Los Angeles Kings were down by two goals in the third period of Monday night's game when Rangers winger Benoit Pouliot was called for tripping Sasha Voynov.

The Kings went to work on the power-play with an opportunity to level the game. After Brian Boyle won a defensive zone draw, defenseman Ryan McDonagh shot the puck the length of the ice.

McDonagh's shot was going well wide, however, this happened:

And with that it was 3-1 for the Rangers.

We'd go on describing the flub except the @LAKings twitter feed already put it best:

Oct 8, 2:36 AM

NYR 3, LAK 1: Richards, Quick lead Rangers to victory

Oct 8, 2:36 AM

Brad Richards scored twice and Ryan McDonagh added a third-period goal - with an astounding amount of help from Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick - as the New York Rangers prevailed 3-1 over the host Kings.

Relive all the action with the storyline below.

Oct 8, 1:57 AM

NYR 3, LA 1: Sutter says "nothing to talk about" with Quick

Oct 8, 1:57 AM

Kings netminder Jonathan Quick's enormous blunder isn't going to land him in head coach Darryl Sutter's doghouse:

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

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault was succinct when asked about the goal:

Opposing netminder Henrik Lundqvist, on the other hand, was sympathetic:

Oct 8, 1:28 AM

NYR 3, LA 1: Brad Richards leads Rangers past Kings

Oct 8, 1:28 AM

Alain Vigneault recorded his first win as head coach of the New York Rangers on Monday, in a game that will likely be best remembered for Jonathan Quick's woeful puck-handling gaffe in the third period.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Brad Richards scored his first two goals of the season on Monday night. The first goal was a lovely, persistent effort and the second was an attempted pass that deflected off a Kings defender and through Jonathan Quick's five-hole.
  • The Rangers top-line carried some serious water for the Rangers. Derek Stepan, Rick Nash and Richards were flying all night long, regularly pinned the Kings in their own end, and combined for five points.
  • Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 Los Angeles Kings shots, and made some impressive stops on a handful of ten bell scoring chances in the third period.
  • According to the NHL play-by-play sheet Ryan McDonagh's short-handed insurance marker was taken from 163 feet out. 
  • Hilariously, that same play-by-play sheet records six seconds as elapsing between Rangers center Brian Boyle winning the face-off, and the puck trickling off of Quick's blocker and into his net.
  • Kings winger Justin Williams remains one point away from his 500th career NHL point.
Relive all the details and gaffes from the game below.
Oct 8, 12:33 AM

NYR at LA: Callahan will return after apparent mouth injury

Oct 8, 12:33 AM

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahanis expected to return for the third period of Monday night's game between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings:

Callahan, who was making his regular season debut following off-season surgery on his shoulder, left the contest in the second period after a collision with Kings center Anze Kopitar.

Oct 8, 12:14 AM

NYR at LA: Rangers say Callahan injured his mouth in collision

Oct 8, 12:14 AM

Ryan Callahan, who left Monday night's game between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings  early in the second period, didn't re-aggravate his surgically repaired shoulder according to the Rangers.

Instead it appears that Callahan may have cut his mouth on Kopitar's visor during the collision:

It's unclear at this point whether or not Callahan will return.

Oct 7, 11:44 PM

NYR at LA: Ryan Callahan leaves game after colliding with Anze Kopitar

Oct 7, 11:44 PM

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan made his first regular season appearance on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings. He left the game early in the second period, however, after colliding with Kings captain Anze Kopitar.

Callahan and Kopitar collided on a Kings breakout sequence, with Callahan attempting a body-check on a big Kings centerman. Callahan went straight to the locker room in obvious distress.

Oct 7, 11:39 PM

NYR at LA: Richards scores first of the year to put Rangers up

Oct 7, 11:39 PM

Embattled centerman Brad Richards scored a goal on Monday night to give the Rangers a one goal lead in Los Angeles after twenty minutes.

The goal itself was a marvel of excellent forechecking and persistence from New York's top-line. The sequences is started by Derek Stepan's active stick, as the Rangers center took advantage of Drew Doughty attempting a showtime toe-drag in his own end.

The puck bounced to Rick Nash who got off a dangerous stop that Quick did well to stop. Brad Richards, however, controlled the rebound and narrowly beat a sprawling Quick to score a goal. The puck actually deflects into the net of Drew Doughty's hand:

Oct 7, 6:22 PM

NYR at LA: Rangers lineup and healthy scratches

Oct 7, 6:22 PM

The New York Rangers have revealed their lineup for Tuesday night's contest in Los Angeles against the Kings. 

Two Rangers skaters - Jesper Fast and Justin Falk - will be healthy scratches according to NHL.com's Curtis Zupke.

Here's the Rangers' projected Monday night lineup, per Zupke:

Brad Richards – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash
Benoit Pouliot – Derick Brassard – Mats Zuccarello
Taylor Pyatt – Brian Boyle – Ryan Callahan
Derek Dorsett – Dominic Moore – Arron Asham

Michael Del Zotto – Marc Staal
Dan Girardi – Ryan McDonagh
Anton Stralman – John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Oct 7, 6:14 PM

NYR at LA: Kings lineup and healthy scratches

Oct 7, 6:14 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have revealed their lineup for Monday night's game against the Rangers. Three Kings skaters will be healthy scratches, per KingsPR:

Here's the projected Kings lineup according to LAkingsinsider.com:

Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Matt Frattin – Mike Richards – Jeff Carter
Dwight King – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Colin Fraser – Jordan Nolan

Robyn Regehr – Drew Doughty
Willie Mitchell – Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Ben Scrivens

Oct 7, 6:07 PM

NYR at LA: Sutter on Brown - he's 'got some work to do'

Oct 7, 6:07 PM

Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown is off to a somewhat slow start to the season. In two games so far he's recorded just four shots, zero points and has played to a minus-2. 

It's not the lack of production that had Kings head coach Darryl Sutter critiquing his captain ahead of Monday night's game between the New York Rangers and the Kings. Instead it's Brown's lackluster physical play that has drawn Sutter's ire.

"(Brown has) got some work to do" Sutter told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday, before adding that Brown has "got to be a physical guy. Very simple." Through two games, NHL scorekeepers have credited Brown with only two hits.

According to lakingsinsider.com reporter Jon Rosen, Sutter elaborated on that point, and compared Brown's slow start to what Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan are dealing with in New York:

"It’s not about numbers, offensive numbers. He’s got to be a physical guy. I think he’s doing a good job around the net, but he can be a stronger guy on the boards, and a stronger guy at protecting pucks. Also, that comes with playing. He plays a different position than Mitchell…so if they have good game tonight, does that mean they’re on their way? It’s not that easy. Brownie missed all of training camp. It’s like the very same as the two guys with [New York]"

Dustin Brown hails from Ithaca, New York. Though he didn't grow up a Rangers fan - by his own account - one presumes he'll be particularly motivated to show well against his de facto "hometown team."

Oct 7, 2:56 PM

NYR at LA: 3 things you need to know

Oct 7, 2:56 PM

The New York Rangers (0-1-0) continue their brutal road trip in Los Angeles Monday night. A trip that has them scheduled to play their first nine games away from home. 

The Blueshirts got off to a rocky start under new head coach Alain Vigneault, losing 4-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday.  

Los Angeles (1-1-0) will also look to rebound as they dropped a 5-3 decision Friday to Winnipeg on the road. It's the home opener for the Kings, who were a league best 19-4-1 at Staples Center a year ago. 

Captain Callahan returns 

After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, Rangers' captain Ryan Callahan is set to make his season debut. Callahan was cleared for contact at the end of September, but took some time to return to game shape. The 28-year-old had 16 goals and 31 points in 45 games for the Rangers last season. 

2011-12 Vezina winner faces runner-up

There's no doubt Jonathan Quick is still a little disappointed he lost out to Henrik Lundqvist for the 2011-12 Vezina trophy, but one look at his Stanley Cup ring might make him feel a little better. While both goaltenders had less than spectacular starts, Lundqvist allowed four goals on 32 shots in Phoenix, Quick was pulled after getting beat four times on 27 shots in Winnipeg, the duo are among the NHL's elite and should put on a show Monday. 

Vigneault searching for his first win as Rangers coach 

It's only his second game behind the Rangers' bench but there's no doubt Vigneault would like to avoid a third straight Rangers' season that starts 0-2. The former head coach of the Canucks was brought in to take the team to where John Toretrella couldn't, so a similar slow start would not do much to comfort fans in the Big Apple.