LOS ANGELES (AP) — Darryl Sutter doesn't remember his first win as an NHL coach. And now that he's gotten his 500th in the regular season, he didn't make anything special out of this one, either.
Marian Gaborik got the deciding goal in the shootout and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Thursday night to make Sutter the 18th coach to reach that milestone.
"It's a lot," Sutter acknowledged. "I've been around a long time. I've gotten a lot in shootouts, though."
Sutter, who guided the Kings to their first Stanley Cup title in 2011-12 after Terry Murray was fired less than 2½ months into that season, tied Montreal legend Hector "Toe" Blake on the career list and is fifth among active coaches behind Joel Quenneville, Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz.
"When Darryl came in two years ago, he did exactly what he needed to do and pressed the right buttons to get the team going — because at that time we were taking one step forward and two steps back," goalie Jonathan quick said.
Quick tied Rogie Vachon for the most career victories by a Kings goaltender and stopped Alex Ovechkin, who leads the league with 46 goals, on the Capitals' second shot in the tiebreaker.
Quick, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Kings, is 171-115, with 11 overtime losses and 20 additional defeats that ended in shootouts. Vachon was 171-148 with 66 ties during his six-plus seasons with Los Angeles after he was traded by Montreal, and made all three of his All-Star game appearances during his time with the Kings.
"It means a lot, and it's special because wins are a team effort — 20 guys each night contributing to every win," Quick said. "The biggest thing is I've had the luxury of shootouts and Rogie didn't. If you took away those shootout wins, I'd still be behind Rogie, so I guess I'm fortunate they implemented that a few years back."
Ovechkin is 2 for 15 this season in the tiebreaker and 25 for 83 in his career.
"He has a couple of good moves and he was trying to go five-hole there," Quick said. "Maybe it hasn't gone his way this year, but he's had success in the past. So he's always somebody you're preparing for."
Quick finished with 21 saves, losing his shutout bid with 7:36 remaining when Joel Ward extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best four games with his 22nd of the season.
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