The New York centre scored for the first and second time this season in a 3-1 win over Los Angeles.
Brad Richards pots pair to put Rangers over Kings
Rangers 3, Kings 1
New York’s Brad Richards scored a pair of goals and Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick made a spectacular error to help to help the Rangers earn their first triumph of the season.
Richards netted in the first and second periods for a 2-0 Rangers lead but the Kings pulled within one before their netminder’s gaffe.
Ryan McDonagh cleared the puck from Rangers’ territory early in the third period and Quick clumsily knocked it into his own goal with no one around to hurt his team’s comeback chances.
Quick finished with 25 saves while New York’s Henrik Lundqvist made 28.
Rick Nash added two assists for New York.
Oilers 5, Devils 4 (shootout)
Trailing 3-0 in the third period, Edmonton rallied past New Jersey in a shootout to earn their first victory of the season.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, in his first game back after shoulder surgery last spring, broke the shutout with a power-play goal at 5:43 of the third period.
Andrew Ference cut New Jersey’s lead to 3-2 on a screened shot from the point at 9:28. David Perron tied it at 11:47, and Taylor Hall put Edmonton ahead 4-3 at 13:30.
In a fitting conclusion to a wild third period, Devils center Patrik Elias scored short-handed with 53 seconds left to force overtime and then the shootout.
Jordan Eberle and Perron scored for Edmonton in the tiebreaker. New Jersey’s Damien Brunner shot wide in the first round of the shootout, and Jason LaBarbera stopped a shot from Ryane Clowe to seal the win.