New York Rangers (0-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (1-1-0), 10:30 p.m. (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Returning captain Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers will try to spoil the home opener of the Los Angeles Kings as the two clubs clash on Monday night.
New York is playing the second contest of its season-opening nine-game road trip and is expected to have Callahan in action after he missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to Phoenix while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
The 28-year-old had 16 goals and 15 assists in 45 games last season after netting 29 goals in 76 games the previous campaign.
Callahan will begin the season on the third line with Brian Boyle and Taylor Pyatt as head coach Alain Vigneault works him into game shape, but the talented two-way forward also is expected to see time on the power play and penalty kill.
"I'm excited. It's been a long summer trying to recover from this, with rehab and everything else, not being able to participate that much in training camp or any of the preseason games and obviously in Phoenix. I've been chomping at the bit to get back on the ice and I'm excited about (Monday)," said Callahan.
The Rangers are hoping to avoid their third straight 0-2 start after losing their opener. Marc Staal had the lone goal for New York and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in Vigneault's coaching debut with the club.
"When we got caught out there on a few shifts on some long changes, we got caught running around a little bit," said Staal. "That's something we'll have to iron out. We had some good d-zone coverage and some not so good. We've got to learn from the good and correct the bad."
The Kings split a pair of road games to begin their season, claiming a shootout victory in Minnesota on Thursday ahead of a 5-3 setback in Winnipeg the following night.
Matt Greene had an early goal, while Jeff Carter and Justin Williams put home power-play goals in the third period to make it a one-goal game. However, the Jets sealed things with an empty-net tally.
"We were outplayed, but we were also outshooting them and putting pucks on the net," said Kings coach Darryl Sutter.
Jonathan Quick yielded four goals on 27 shots before Ben Scrivens took over between the pipes. Scrivens, who spent the first two years of his career with Toronto, stopped all five shots he saw in his Kings' debut.
Los Angeles, which also hosts Ottawa on Wednesday, notched a 3-2 overtime victory over New York when the clubs last met on Oct. 7, 2011 in Sweden. The clubs are meeting in L.A. for the first time since a 2-1 Kings victory on Feb. 2, 2010.
NY Rangers Goal - Brad Richards, from Rick Nash and Derek Stepan at 13:32.
NY Rangers Goal - Brad Richards (2), from Rick Nash at 10:46. 3,
Los Angeles Goal - Jake Muzzin, from Mike Richards at 12:11.
Kyle Clifford, Los Angeles (Fighting (maj)), 3:28; Arron Asham, NY Rangers (Fighting (maj)), 3:28; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles (Cross checking), 4:51; Anton Stralman, NY Rangers (Holding), 8:18; Derick Brassard, NY Rangers (Interference), 11:01; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles (Slashing), 11:01; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles (Hooking), 17:46.
NY Rangers Short-Handed Goal - Ryan McDonagh, from Brian Boyle at 4:39.
Benoit Pouliot, NY Rangers (Tripping), 4:33; Justin Williams, Los Angeles (Tripping), 11:45; Slava Voynov, Los Angeles (Hooking), 20:00.
Shots on Goal:
NY Rangers 8 + 11 + 9 =
Los Angeles 8 + 7 + 14 =
Power Play Conversion:
NY Rangers 0-3.
Los Angeles 0-2.
NY Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist 1-29-.966. Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick 3-28-.893.
Tom Kowal, Kyle Rehman
Steve Miller, Pierre Racicot
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 Staples Center.
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.