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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brad Richards scored two goals, Ryan McDonagh got credit for a short-handed goal on a comical mistake by Jonathan Quick, and the New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Monday night for their first victory of the season.

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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.

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, $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.

But 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.

The sellout crowd didn't see much excitement from the Kings, who won their first Stanley Cup title and six playoff rounds in the past two seasons. Los Angeles reached the Western Conference finals last June before losing to eventual champion Chicago, raising expectations for this winter in a hockey town not familiar with consistent success.

The Kings opened the season by splitting two road games in the upper Midwest, while the Rangers had three days off after losing their 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.

Richards flirted with the Kings as a free agent two seasons ago before signing a nine-year, $58.5 million deal with the Rangers, but he stumbled to his worst pro season last season with just 11 goals in 46 games. New York considered buying out Richards' contract, but brought him back this fall.

Richards scored the game's first goal in the first period after a scramble created by a turnover from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

The Kings struggled to keep consistent possession, and a series of turnovers midway through the second period cost them another goal. Muzzin and Slava Voynov both got out of position chasing the puck, and Richards scored easily on a break with Nash.

Just 1:25 later, Los Angeles answered when Mike Richards forced a turnover and got the puck to Muzzin in the slot for a nasty wrist shot by the young defenseman.

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, making his season debut after shoulder surgery, went to the dressing room early in the second period after cutting his mouth in an open-ice collision with Anze Kopitar.

Callahan skated up to check Kopitar with a shoulder to the Slovenian center's chest, but dropped flat to the ice after delivering the hit. He eventually returned to the lineup.

NOTES: The Rangers' road trip is their longest to open a season, breaking the record set two years ago. It matches the longest road trip in franchise history back in the 1955-56 season. ... The Rangers made their first visit to Staples Center since Feb. 2, 2010. ... Muzzin scored seven goals last season, second among rookie defensemen.

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