Justin Williams might never be called a legend like some of his favorite players were when he was growing up, but what the Los Angeles Kings forward has accomplished in his hockey career is nothing short of legendary. Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and a Conn Smythe Trophy winner. "There is no one that is better than him," Kings president Luc Robitaille said. Williams scored the first goal Friday in a 3-2 double-overtime win against the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. He had two goals, including the overtime winner in Game 1, and five assists for seven points that led the series. Williams had nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had five points in three Game 7 wins, and his 14 points in seven career Game 7s are an NHL record, one better than Doug Gilmour. Williams' seven Game 7 goals are tied with Glenn Anderson for the NHL record. "He's the only guy that has that many points in Game 7s. He's alone," Robitaille continued. "He can't be compared to anybody. You think (quarterback) Joe Montana in big games, but that is it. You can't think of other big guys in big games that many times in so many years. It's truly incredible what this guy has done in his career. He's alone. He beat [Wayne] Gretzky, Gilmour, everybody. He's alone." Williams isn't entirely comfortable with his budding legend. That status, he believes, is reserved for stars such as Gretzky and Sergei Fedorov, his two favorite players when growing up in Cobourg, Ontario. Williams, now 32, is a self-described gritty, feisty, competitive guy, another piece of the puzzle for the Kings. Williams won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and twice with the Kings in the past three seasons. In each run he's played a vital role, but never more so than this spring. He was rewarded with an individual trophy previously won by Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer, Steve Yzerman, Mike Bossy, Guy Lafleur and Bobby Orr, among so many other legends. "I can't believe I won that," Williams said as he sat at the press conference podium with his son Jaxon in his lap. "That will, I don't think, ever, ever sink in." Maybe not, but nobody who plays with Williams is surprised.
Kings forward Williams wins Conn Smythe Trophy
NHL.com | Jun 14