Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake.

And Marian Gaborik.

First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center.

The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak. It was especially key in that it maintained their five-point division lead over the fourth-place Coyotes, who had won earlier at home against Florida.

“We just grind it out,” said Kings center Anze Kopitar, who scored in the first period. “We had a one-goal lead going into the third again and we weren't able to hold on right off the get-go but we showed a lot of character in the OT, killing off that penalty and eventually got it done in the shootout.”

Dustin Brown said the key to the victory was the team's penalty-killing.

“Obviously, killing off a power play in overtime against the top [power play] in the league was a huge momentum swing for us,” he said. “I think sticking with it — we played a playoff-type style, a hard-grinding game and we're built for that type of game and I thought we stuck with it.”

Goals by Jeff Carter and Gaborik in the shootout helped keep Milestone Night intact for the Kings. The twin career achievements were for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and Coach Darryl Sutter.

Quick faced 22 shots in recording his 171st victory with the Kings, moving into a tie with Vachon for the franchise record. Vachon played his final game for the Kings in the 1977-78 season.

Quick, for his part, noted the impact of the shootout on his career win totals.