The Kings breezed to victory in the first half of their annual Frozen Fury weekend in Las Vegas as the Rangers ended a week out West with four losses in as many games.
Anze Kopitar beat Henrik Lundqvist 15 seconds after the opening faceoff and the Kings never looked back. Jeff Carter added a power-play goal at 11:39 before J.T. Miller beat Jonathan Quick to get one back for the Rangers, who were shut out by the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.
L.A. outshot the Rangers 33-23. The Kings face the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in Las Vegas.
The Rangers will return to New York for a brief break before heading to Glendale, Ariz., and their season-opener against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday. It's the first of nine in a row on the road while the renovation of Madison Square Garden is completed.
"We didn't get the results we wanted [in the preseason]," said Lundqvist, who gave up nine goals in five periods in the losses to the Canucks and Kings, "but now we get home, regroup and we are excited to get going."