May 31, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. — Justin Williams has found the perfect hiding spot for a man who relishes his space on the ice and privacy off it. The first line. What an ideal location to play hide-and-seek during the Stanley Cup Final. Even a day after the Kings' forward set up linemate and center Anze Kopitar in overtime with a sensational no-look backhand pass in Game 1, there wasn't a huge clamor for more time with Williams on Thursday. Odd but interesting. Williams was not only the Kings' second-leading scorer during the regular season but also is approachable and insightful in terms of breaking down the game.
December 11, 2009 |
The Kings went from the sublime to straining within 24 hours, too fatigued and emotionally drained after their thrilling victory at San Jose on Wednesday to consistently put much oomph into their performance Thursday night against Phoenix at Staples Center. But once again relying on mental strength more than the purely physical kind, they pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes when Justin Williams scored in the eighth round of the shootout and Scottie Upshall was stopped by Jonathan Quick, ending the longest shootout in which the Kings have been involved.
May 11, 2013 |
Making history has become routine for the Kings. Last spring they became the first No. 8 seed to win the Stanley Cup, upsetting the 1-2-3 teams in the West before defeating the New Jersey Devils in the final. After opening their title defense by dismissing the fourth-seeded St. Louis Blues, the Kings appear to have picked up where they left off. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the fifth-seeded Kings are the first NHL team to win five consecutive playoff series despite playing Game 1 on the road in each series.
May 6, 2013 |
The Kings' offense, dormant through the first three games of their opening-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, awoke Monday in time to prolong their season and their reign as Stanley Cup champions. Justin Williams completed a two-goal rally in the third period with a deflection that withstood a video review, as the Kings barged past the Blues for a 4-3 victory at Staples Center and evened the series at two games each. "Now it's all tied up and best of three," said center Anze Kopitar, whose first goal in 20 games, off a feed from a hard-digging Dustin Brown, had brought the Kings even at 7 minutes 14 seconds of the third period.
October 13, 2009 |
If five games is an indication, the Kings have found something special with their new-look No. 1 line. With Ryan Smyth joining holdovers Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, the Kings are off to a quick start. Since an opening-night loss to Phoenix, Los Angeles has won four straight, the latest a 2-1 victory against the New York Islanders on Monday. "It's a great feeling, but we don't want to ride our highs too high and our lows too low," said Smyth, acquired from Colorado in an off-season trade.
May 14, 2012 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Kings went with new media after their Game 1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs, posting, "To everyone in Canada outside BC. You're welcome," on Twitter. They appeared to go old school in delivering a message to the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday. Justin Williams employed traditional hockey social graces by barreling into Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith a little more than four minutes into the series. It provoked a similar response from Smith, who jumped Williams after the whistle and received a roughing penalty.