Justin Williams picks corner on OT winner, Kings win Game 1 of Stanley Cup final

Justin Williams, known better for his clutch play late in series and especially in Game 7s, struck early in the Stanley Cup final. And even though the Los Angeles Kings trailed 2-0 early in Game 1, they hold the series lead.

Game 7 hero Justin Williams struck early in the Stanley Cup final to complete yet another Kings comeback that gave Los Angeles a 1-0 series lead. Williams, who last round passed Doug Gilmour as the NHL’s all-time leading scorer in Game 7s, does most of his damage at the end of a series. In Games 1-3 this post-season (a total of nine going into Wednesday’s game) Williams had only scored three points. But in the last four games of each series, Williams has a combined 15 points in 12 games. But Game 1 of the Cup final was Williams’ night. He recorded an assist on a highlight reel goal from Drew Doughty that tied the game at two and sniped the OT winner with a beautiful roofer 4:36 into the extra frame.

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The goal secured a 3-2 win for the Kings, even though they trailed 2-0 in the first period. After a fairly even first two periods, the Kings thoroughly dominated the third, outshooting the Rangers 20-3. Here is a visual look at the domination, from
nyrlakfenwick It’s certainly a crushing loss for the Rangers, who were defeated the same way the Kings have defeated so many before. But was it a must-win? As long as Henrik Lundqvist is in  net, the Rangers are in the series. And you know what they say: you haven’t really lost ground until you lose at home. That’s the optimistic view in New York tonight.
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