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May 28: Williams comes through for Kings in Game 7

Plus: Lemieux powers Penguins; first-year Golden Knights win Game 1 in Final

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2013: Justin Williams rises to the occasion again in Game 7.

Williams scores two goals and the Los Angeles Kings defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center. It's the fourth Game 7 of Williams' NHL career; he has at least one goal in each of them, and his teams are 4-0. Williams is also the first player in NHL history to score in each of the first four Game 7s in his career.

Williams scores his goals in a span of 2:57 in the second period, and Jonathan Quick makes 25 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle.

"Sometimes the puck just seems to find you," Williams said. "I scored two goals, but I feel like I could have had three or four. I had a lot of opportunities in the second period and sometimes you just find holes and the puck bounces your way."



1992: Mario Lemieux scores his 14th and 15th goals of the 1992 playoffs to power the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Cup Final at the Civic Arena. Lemieux puts the Penguins ahead 2-1 at 12:55 of the second period, beating Ed Belfour during a power play, then scores again at 15:23. The victory gives the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times


1999: Rookie Chris Drury scores at 19:29 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory against the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at McNichols Arena. The Stars force overtime when Brett Hull scores with 3:53 remaining in the third period, but Drury's slap shot beats Patrick Roy and ties the best-of-7 series 2-2.


2007: The Anaheim Ducks score twice in the third period to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in Game 1 of the Cup Final at Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf ties the game 2-2 at 5:44 and Travis Moen puts the Ducks ahead for the first time when he beats Ray Emery with 2:51 remaining. 


2008: The Penguins hold off the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Game 3 of the Final at Mellon Arena. Sidney Crosby scores twice for Pittsburgh, but perhaps the most notable shift of the night belongs to Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, who delivers four big body checks, nailing Kris Draper, Dallas Drake (twice) and Daniel Cleary in a span of 15 seconds.


2014: Patrick Kane assists on four goals, including the winner by Michal Handzus at 2:04 of the second overtime, and the Blackhawks defeat the Kings 5-4 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final at United Center. Kane becomes the second player since 1999 to have four assists in a conference final or Cup Final game, matching Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Final.


2018: The Vegas Golden Knights win Game 1 of the Cup Final, defeating the Washington Capitals 6-4 at T-Mobile Arena. Tomas Nosek scores midway through the third period to break a 4-4 tie, then hits the empty net to put Vegas up 1-0 in the best-of-7 series. The win comes 342 days after the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft that gives the League's newest team the core of its first roster.

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