Williams clutch again, as Kings top Rangers in OT of Game 1
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Williams netted the game winner with 4:36 elapsed in overtime, as the Los Angeles Kings claimed a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals from Staples Center on Wednesday.
Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi attempted to stickhandle his way out of his zone on the right wing, but failed to control the puck. Mike Richards turned around and dished ahead, where Williams was left alone in the slot. He beat Henrik Lundqvist to the blocker side and under the crossbar for his first career playoff OT marker.
For two clubs which combined for an NHL-record 41 playoff games through the first three rounds, it was fitting the 42nd was decided beyond regulation.
Lundqvist was the hard-luck loser, stopping 40-of-43 shots including all 20 he faced in the third period. Counterpart Jonathan Quick made 25 saves.
Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty picked up goals in regulation for the Kings, who opened up the fourth and final playoff round with their first home overtime playoff triumph in more than 13 years.
Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin lit the lamp in the first period for the Rangers, who had won each of their previous three series openers this postseason.
Game 2 is set for Saturday night in Los Angeles.
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