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LA Kings fire coach Terry Murray after slow start @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings have fired coach Terry Murray after a slow start to a season of high expectations.

Murray was replaced Monday by assistant coach John Stevens, who will be an interim head coach.

Murray went 139-106-30 with the Kings after taking over the club in 2008. The veteran coach led Los Angeles to its first two playoff appearances after an eight-year absence, but the Kings lost both first-round series.

Los Angeles earned 199 total points in the past two seasons, the most in any two-year stretch for the club.

But Murray hasn't sparked his current Kings, who have struggled to score goals despite adding Mike Richards and Simon Gagne in the offseason.

Los Angeles has lost four straight games, culminating in a lifeless effort in a home loss to Dallas.

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