They'll both try to bounce back Saturday night when Henrik Lundqvist gets another chance to produce a victory in his native country as the Rangers and Ducks meet in Stockholm.
Both teams opened Friday, with New York (0-0-1) blowing a third-period lead in a 3-2 overtime defeat to Los Angeles in Stockholm. The Rangers took a 2-1 lead on Marian Gaborik's goal past the midway point of the third period before the Kings scored a tying goal with 4:59 left in regulation and added the winner on the power play with 52 seconds remaining in overtime.
"It is really frustrating to lose this game," Lundqvist said. "It felt like we had it under control at 2-1, but this was a tough way to end it."
Anaheim (0-1-0) will make the trip to Sweden after a 4-1 loss to Buffalo in Helsinki. The Ducks conceded two power-play goals and went 0 for 5 when they had the man advantage.
"They were two for three with their special teams, and we were zero to four," coach Randy Carlyle said. "We played more as individuals in parts of the game versus a team."
The Ducks' Finnish stars - Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu - failed to produce a point. They will likely be seen as the enemy in Sweden against Lundqvist, who seemed to have the full support of a sold-out crowd in Friday's opener.
Lundqvist will hope for a more disciplined performance by his team. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was whistled for tripping in overtime, leading to the winning goal.
"We always talk about it, you can't take penalties in overtime because it's tough having only three guys out there," Lundqvist said. "It can cost you, and it did here."
New York was outshot 13-4 in the first period despite getting a goal from Ryan Callahan. The Rangers recovered to play better the rest of the way, but were hurt by penalties.
"We beat ourselves," coach John Tortorella said. "Our first period was brutal, but in the second and third periods we played the game we needed to play. But (the penalties) smacked us right in the face. We take a stupid one late in the third, kill it, and then take another stupid one in overtime."
Brad Richards made his New York debut and assisted on Gaborik's goal. The former Dallas stars has 13 points over his last nine games against the Ducks.
Nate Guenin had the lone goal Friday for Anaheim, which outshot Buffalo 11-0 in the third period.
"We did not do a very good job of transferring the puck from our defense to the forwards, and had to spend the first half of the game too much in our own end," Carlyle said.
The Ducks beat the Rangers 5-2 in last season's lone meeting March 9 to end a three-game slide in the series. Corey Perry and defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky each scored twice and Bobby Ryan added a goal and three assists.
Anaheim is designated as Saturday's home team.