Justin Williams is known around the NHL as “Mr. Game 7” but on Wednesday night he came through to give the Los Angeles Kings a win in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Just over four minutes into overtime of a 2-2 game, Williams found himself wide open in the slot against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and he didn’t miss. He buried the puck past Lundqvist, going over the goalie’s stick into the upper left corner of the net.
That goal meant that the Kings, who opened the game down 2-0, came all the way back again in a postseason full of improbable comebacks for the franchise. The 3-2 win showed that Los Angeles is just as resilient in the Stanley Cup Final as it has been all postseason.
Here’s video of Williams’ game-winner:
The goal was his eighth of the postseason and further cemented his status as one of the best clutch performers in the NHL.