Jeremy Roenick and Craig Conroy both talk a better game, but Pavol Demitra, the most subdued and passive of the Kings’ new additions, has the potential to make the biggest impact this season. For the second time in as many home games, Demitra scored the decisive goal, albeit in more dramatic fashion this time, as he beat Minnesota goaltender Manny Fernandez with a wrist shot 3:31 into overtime to lift the Kings to a 2-1 victory Sunday before 17,275 at Staples Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 No problem. Demitra, who came under mild criticism during training camp for his perceived reluctance to shoot, had no such problems after the Kings completed a crucial penalty kill early in overtime. Conroy controlled the puck just inside the blue line and nudged the puck to his right into an open space for Demitra, who came flying across the line and into the slot and beat Fernandez with a wrist shot. “I just got a puck and tried to beat a guy,” Demitra said, with typical understatement. “(Conroy) went to the net and I got an open lane. I had speed and he saw me and went for it. It was a great play by him.” The Wild put forth a strong effort, especially considering they played the night before in Phoenix, and the Jacques Lemaire-coached team put forth a typically strong defensive effort. Despite a poor start that drew the ire of coach Andy Murray, the Kings rebounded well and mostly played with discipline. They took only one penalty in each of the first two periods, but things nearly unraveled. “The bigger the moment, the more it seems he wants to be in the game,” Luc Robitaille said of Demitra, who also scored the Kings’ third and final goal Thursday. When the Kings signed Demitra, who had led St. Louis in scoring in six of the previous eight seasons, to a three-year, $13.5 million contract, it was with the hope that he would form a dynamic combination with his countryman, Ziggy Palffy. But Palffy spurned the Kings to join Pittsburgh. With just under five minutes remaining in the third period, a scrum developed in front of the Kings’ net. Minnesota forward Wes Walz stabbed at the puck while it was under the arm of Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon and appeared to push it over the line, but a video review was inconclusive. “I guess common sense doesn’t mean anything there,” Walz said. “I didn’t see the replay, but common sense will tell you that if the glove and the arm are behind the goal line, there’s a pretty good chance the puck is underneath it,” Garon said he was aware of where the puck was at all times, and it went down as one of his 24 saves, an aesthetically better performance than the one he turned in Wednesday, when he allowed five goals. This time, the Kings didn’t spend a significant portion of the game killing penalties, and Garon didn’t face nearly as many tough scoring chances. “This is the kind of game you want to play” Garon said. “We were more disciplined, so when it got to the third period and overtime, we had more energy.” The Kings trailed when Walz scored seven minutes into the game, but Eric Belanger tied the game three minutes into the second period. Kings forward Michael Cammalleri was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game, as the Kings, unsure how Mattias Norstrom would fare in his first game back, dressed seven defensemen. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!