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by Paul on 06/05/14 at 09:30 AM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So there was Williams, on Wednesday night, in the opening game of the Stanley Cup final against the New York Rangers, earning a new nickname.
Mr. Game 1!?
"I'd like to call him Mr. Game 1, 2, 3 and 4,” said Kings’ defenceman Willie Mitchell, after Williams scored the winning goal 4:36 into overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 victory over the visiting New York Rangers and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. “It takes four wins. If he can do that three more times, that would be really nice."
Nice might be an understatement.
Williams’ goal helped the Kings produce yet another remarkable comeback in a playoff season full of them. They fell behind 2-0 early, playing an uncharacteristically sloppy brand of hockey. In all, they gave up three shorthanded breakaways, oodles of odd-man chances and generally played a game that is largely at odds with its defence-first mantra.
“Justin is the most underrated player on our team by a mile,” said Kings’ defenceman Drew Doughty. “He doesn't get enough credit for what he does. There are two guys on this team that I want to give the puck to, and that's him and Kopy (Anze Kopitar). When they have the puck, plays happen.”
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