LOS ANGELES -- The Kings home opener was neither pretty nor polite.
The Kings sold out the Staples Center for the 69th consecutive game Monday night, but a costly defensive miscue led those fans to jeer one of the team's heroes and Los Angeles ultimately fell 3-1 to the visiting Rangers.
Down 2-1 with the power play on and 4:39 left in the third period, Ryan McDonagh sent the puck from the defensive faceoff circle careening off the boards and in the direction of the Kings goal. Jonathan Quick came out of the net and dropped his stick right as the puck bounced off of him and into the goal.
McDonagh was credited with the shorthanded goal that ultimately pushed the game out of reach for the Kings, and gave the Rangers (1-1) their first win of the season.
A despondent Quick said little about the goal after the game.
"You're trying to stop the puck for your teammates," Quick said. "That's the thought process
"Everybody gives up bad goals. That's part of the game."
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