Originally created 10/26/02

Kings top Rangers



NEW YORK -- It only took six home games for New York Rangers fans to turn on their team.

Adam Deadmarsh had three goals and Jason Allison assisted on two of Los Angeles' three first-period scores as the Kings cruised to a 6-2 victory Friday night.

The Rangers again spent large free-agent dollars in the offseason and brought in new coach Bryan Trottier to help return the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

But New York fell to 2-5-2 this season and 1-4-1 at home. The Rangers finished a weeklong homestand 0-3-1. In the four games, the Rangers were outscored 14-7 and had fans chanting "Refund" in the second period.

Deadmarsh, Bryan Smolinski and Alexander Frolov all scored in the first 11:08 of the game, sending Rangers goalie Mike Richter to the bench in favor of backup Daniel Blackburn. The public-address announcer finally gave fans something to cheer about when he said only 1 minute remained in the first period.

Richter left after Frolov's goal, having stopped only five of Los Angeles' eight shots. Blackburn stopped the only shot that came his way in the final 8:52 of the period.

It didn't get much better for the Rangers in the second.

Derek Armstrong scored his second of the season at 7:20 to give the Kings a 4-0 lead. The Rangers spoiled Felix Potvin's hopes for a shutout at 10:10 when Matthew Barnaby scored his third goal and second in as many games.

The good times didn't last long, as 9 seconds after Barnaby scored, defenseman Tom Poti was called for obstruction. The Rangers had five such penalties against them in Monday's loss to Tampa Bay and don't seem to be heeding the NHL crackdown on those infractions.

It didn't lead to a goal, but the Kings were 2-for-6 on the power play, converting when Deadmarsh made it 1-0 at 5:26 of the first and on Smolinski's second of the game to make it 5-1 just 2:33 into the third period.

Ronald Petrovicky brought New York within 5-2 with his first goal as a Rangers player at 4:30.

Smolinski added an assist on Deadmarsh's second goal that made it 5-1 at 2:33 of the third. Deadmarsh's final goal came with 6:59 remaining

New York lost forward Radek Dvorak to a left knee injury in the second period after he got tangled up with Los Angeles' Mikko Eloranta. Dvorak, who had reconstructive surgery on his right knee last season, didn't return and was to be evaluated on Saturday.

Notes: The Kings entered only 5-for-39 this season on the power play. ... Los Angeles is 1-0-1 on its five-game road trip. ... The Rangers were beaten 4-0 at home by Los Angeles last season. ... Richter remained stuck on 298 career victories. He sustained his 256th loss. ... Potvin stopped 18 Rangers shots. Blackburn finished with 17 saves.