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Kings 5, Wild 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 5, Wild 2
Minnesota Wild 2, Los Angeles Kings 5
Three Stars of the Game
Dustin Brown
1st
Dustin Brown
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:45
Alec Martinez
2nd
Alec Martinez
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:16
Colin Fraser
3rd
Colin Fraser
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 9:33

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings made Terry Murray a winner in his 1,000th game as an NHL head coach. Fittingly, the winning goal was credited to his captain, Dustin Brown.

Defensemen Alex Martinez and Matt Greene scored on the front and back ends of a four-goal second period, and Colin Fraser added a goal in the Kings' 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

"I've never had a milestone before. But it doesn't feel any different or anything special, really. It was a game that was very important for us to win," Murray said. "I really liked the focus coming into this game.

"What I liked about this milestone, the fact that the team played well and won the game."

Murray is the 21st NHL coach to work 1,000 games, joining his brother Bryan. He also has coached 101 postseason games during his career that includes stints with Washington, Florida and Philadelphia. Nashville's Barry Trotz also coached his 1,000th game on Saturday, all with the Predators.

"It's probably harder as a coach to get a thousand games than it is as a player, so it's a big milestone for him," Brown said. "It's always nice when you can have a milestone like that be a win."

Defense has been a key element of Murray's three-plus seasons with the Kings, which followed a seven-year absence behind an NHL bench. The Kings made the playoffs each of the previous two seasons after a six-year drought, and are setting their sights on bigger things.

"His coaching style suits this team very well," Brown said. "When he first came out here, we didn't have much of a system - especially in our D-zone.

"We're one of the best defensive teams over the last three years, and a lot of that comes from the system he's brought in. Hammering it home to us and having a lot of the guys buying in is a big part of that, too."

Murray enjoyed his time away from the bench. But when the Kings called, his decision to come back was easy.

"I was very satisfied with what I was doing," he said. "I'm just very grateful for the opportunity to get back into it. You're forever grateful to people who give you another chance. It's great to be here.

"They're a young group that's working hard for each other and want to get better. We're moving in the right direction. We're a pretty good hockey club, and this team can be one for a lot of years because of the youth."

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for the win after losing his previous six starts. His teammates staked him to a 5-0 lead through two periods against a team that had won five of six and allowed an average of 1.56 goals over 14 games.

Twelve Kings got on the score sheet. Simon Gagne had a goal and an assist, and Justin Williams had two assists.

Josh Harding gave up four goals on 21 shots and was pulled by rookie coach Mike Yeo at 11:44 of the second period. Cal Clutterbuck and Darroll Powe scored for the Wild, who have averaged 2.3 goals through their first 16 games.

Harding had won his previous four starts, allowing just three goals on 129 shots. The Wild played without left wing Guillaume Latendresse, who sustained a concussion Thursday at San Jose.

"It's too early to analyze it, but I guess a lot of things went wrong. So it's not only the D-zone," Wild forward Mikko Koivu said. "Obviously, we are not spending time on the O-zone."

Los Angeles limited Minnesota to one shot through the first 17 minutes, 15 seconds. The Kings had 10 shots during that stretch, including Fraser's first goal since he was acquired from Edmonton in June for Ryan Smyth.

"We played three bad games in a row," Yeo said. "We thought that when we won five games in a row that we're there but we're not even close. Along the way we forgot what we had to put in to win hockey games. We got what we deserved.

"Right from the drop of the puck, we weren't ready to play."

Warren Peters received a five-minute boarding penalty at 17:38 of the first after his check on Martinez in the Kings zone, and Los Angeles scored with 38 seconds left on the power play.

Brown made it 3-0 at 6:49 of the period.

NOTES: Kings LW Dustin Penner sat out because of a hand injury sustained Thursday in a loss to Vancouver. He was replaced by Brad Richardson, who was a healthy scratch Thursday after going the first 15 games with no goals and one assist. ... Wild RW Dany Heatley earned his 700th NHL point with an assist on Clutterbuck's goal. ... Murray is six wins shy of 500.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:49
LAK
Colin Fraser (1) ASST: Ethan Moreau (2), Trevor Lewis (1)
1 - 0 LAK
2nd Period
02:00
LAK
PPG - Alec Martinez (2) ASST: Justin Williams (10), Simon Gagne (5)
2 - 0 LAK
06:49
LAK
Dustin Brown (4) ASST: Jack Johnson (4)
3 - 0 LAK
11:44
LAK
Simon Gagne (6) ASST: Anze Kopitar (13), Justin Williams (11)
4 - 0 LAK
14:13
LAK
Matt Greene (1) ASST: Trent Hunter (2), Jarret Stoll (5)
5 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
00:47
MIN
PPG - Cal Clutterbuck (3) ASST: Mikko Koivu (9), Dany Heatley (6)
5 - 1 LAK
12:23
MIN
Darroll Powe (2) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (6), Nate Prosser (3)
5 - 2 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
06:09
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Hi-sticking against  Trent Hunter
09:12
MIN
Devin Setoguchi  Hooking against  Drew Doughty
17:38
MIN
Warren Peters  Boarding against  Alec Martinez
2nd Period
05:01
MIN
Nate Prosser  Roughing against  Brad Richardson
05:01
LAK
Brad Richardson  Roughing against  Nate Prosser
19:20
LAK
Simon Gagne  Roughing against  Brad Staubitz
3rd Period
02:39
MIN
Justin Falk  Roughing against  Kyle Clifford
02:39
LAK
Kyle Clifford  Roughing against  Justin Falk
04:22
LAK
Jack Johnson  Holding against  Marek Zidlicky
13:21
LAK
Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Warren Peters
13:21
MIN
Warren Peters  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
16:07
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Slashing against  Jonathan Quick
17:53
MIN
Colton Gillies  Slashing against  Willie Mitchell
18:23
LAK
Dustin Brown  Slashing against  Justin Falk
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 15TOI: 28:16
Saves: 14EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
SA: 21TOI: 31:44
Saves: 17EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
7-4-3
SA: 26TOI: 59:40
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
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