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TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EDT.
Andy Murray became the winningest coach in Los Angeles Kings team history the last time his team took the ice. More importantly, he watched as his club rebounded from a disappointing loss.
Murray looks to build on his record as the Kings face the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center.
Los Angeles beat new coach Wayne Gretzky and the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 in its home opener Thursday, giving Murray 179 wins to pass Bob Pulford on the Kings' all-time list.
"Who would have picked me out of Shattuck's St. Mary's first of all to get the job?" Murray said. "So I'm just fortunate I've got the job."
Oleg Saprykin had a goal and an assist, and Pavol Demitra scored the eventual game-winner at 11:28 of the second period in Los Angeles' first win of the season
The victory came one day after the Kings blew a 4-0 lead in a 5-4, season-opening loss at Dallas.
"Last night was really deflating," center Jeremy Roenick said. "For us to come back with an energy-filled game shows that this team is ready and poised for a lot of hard work. It's really gratifying."
Jason LaBarbera made 27 saves for his second NHL victory, and first since the 2003-04 season when he played four games with the New York Rangers.
"He was great," Roenick said. "He stayed sharp and made some big saves when we needed them, especially on a couple of their power plays."
The Wild lost 2-1 to the Coyotes on Saturday, and coach Jacques Lemaire was not pleased with his team's performance.
"They all wanted to score," he said. "Anything goes - winger plays defense, centerman plays the wing. Everyone wants to cover the other guy's job and doesn't do their job."
Randy Robitaille scored the lone goal for Minnesota, which beat defending Western Conference champion Calgary 6-3 in its first game of the season on Wednesday.
Dwayne Roloson started in goal again for Minnesota, but Manny Fernandez, who is battling muscle spasms, was in uniform and warmed up before the game.
STANDINGS: Wild - 2 points, 3rd place (tied), 2 PB, Northwest Division. Kings - 2 points, 2nd place (tied), 1 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Wild - Marc Chouinard, 3 goals; Pierre-Marc Bouchard, 4 assists and 4 points; Wes Walz, 11 PIM. Kings - Roenick, 2 goals; Lubomir Visnovsky, 3 assists; Demitra and Visnovsky, 3 points; Sean Avery, 11 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 7): Wild - Power play: 66.7 percent (2 for 3), 1st in NHL. Penalty killing: 87.5 percent (7 for 8), 13th (tied). Kings - Power play: 37.5 percent (3 for 8), 2nd. Penalty killing: 76.5 percent (13 for 17), 21st (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Wild - Roloson (1-1-0, 2.50 GAA); Fernandez (no record). Kings - LaBarbera (1-0-0, 2.00); Mathieu Garon (0-1-0, 5.08).
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0-3.
LAST MEETING: March 4, 2004; Tied, 1-1. At Los Angeles, Jason Wiemer scored with 2:17 left in the third period to give the Wild a tie. Luc Robitaille scored for Los Angeles.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Wild - 0-1-0 on the road; Kings - 1-1-0 at home.