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He was tabbed “Mr. Game 7” for his timely heroics in high pressure, must-win situations.
But Kings’ forward Justin Williams brought much more to the table than his well-documented Game 7 feats. During the Kings’ 26-game playoff run en route to franchise’s second Stanley Cup Championship in three seasons, Williams registered 25 points (9G, 16A), averaging just under a point per game.
He was consistent, and he was dependable in critical situations
Williams was awarded the NHL’s Conn Smythe Trophy following the Kings’ Stanley Cup win, which is righted to the player deemed the most valuable to their team during the postseason.
The Kings overcame three Game 7 situations successfully during their playoff run, ousting the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks.
In doing so, the Kings became the NHL's second team to win three Game 7's in a single playoff year, and the first team to win all three of them on the road.
Coming up big in those nail-biting affairs was Williams, who registered a combined five points (2G, 3A) in those crucial contests.
JUSTIN ON THE SPOT
In his career, Williams has played in a total of seven Game 7’s with the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, and now the Kings. He’s totaled an unprecedented 14 points (7G, 7A) in those contests.
Williams’ 14-point total in career Game 7’s is a NHL record, and he is tied with Glenn Anderson for the league’s lead in career Game 7 playoff goals with 7.
To stick with the ‘seven’ theme, here, Williams also registered seven multi-point games during the postseason – which is impressive in itself.
There’s very little flash to Williams’ game, and he’s not one to hit the highlight reel very often. Quite frankly, that makes him a perfect fit for the Kings’ well-balanced and team-first oriented scheme.
THE WILLIAMS TO WIN
Williams was acquired by General Manager Dean Lombardi on March 4, 2009 in a three-team trade.
Since joining the Kings, Williams has played in 346 regular season games, registering 85 goals and 140 assists. In 73 playoff games, he’s tucked home 22 goals and dished out 32 assists.
Injuries riddled much of Williams’ career when he was with the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. In the past three seasons, though, Williams has dressed in every single regular season game for the Kings.
IT COMES WITH HAIR
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