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September 12, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Justin Williams joined the Kings for the final 12 games of the 2008-09 season. The difference in the team -- in terms of makeup, culture and confidence -- in those four-plus years might make it seem more like 40 years. And throw in one Stanley Cup championship. The right wing has appeared in 47 playoff games with the Kings, including 38 the last two seasons. “When I got here, there were a lot of different guys on this team,” Williams said Wednesday on the eve of training camp's official start.
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April 25, 2014 | Lisa Dillman
Justin Williams reached back and delivered some of his Game 7 playoff magic for the Kings in Game 4. For the Kings, it might as well have been Game 7. Justin Time. Or should that be Just In Time? With the Kings facing playoff elimination against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, Williams, who had been without a point in the first three games, scored twice in the Kings' 6-3 victory over the Sharks in Game 4 at Staples Center. San Jose leads the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series, three games to one. Game 5 will be on Saturday in San Jose.
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May 17, 2012 | By Chris Foster
The Phoenix Coyotes finally had a chance to exhale after taking it in the solar plexus the first two games of the Western Conference finals. That giddy feeling, and a 1-0 lead, lasted 2 minutes 7 seconds for those counting. Dustin Brown spotted Anze Kopitar cruising up ice and a moment later the Kings had tied the score, 1-1. It was somewhat redundant. Brown, Kopitar and linemate Justin Williams have consistently done what the Kings ask of them - play like their top line.
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April 25, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether you think of it as HP Pavilion, the Shark Tank, its current corporate name, SAP Center, or "the cage" as Kings Coach Darryl Sutter colorfully offered, one thing is evident: The cage has become just that for the Kings in the playoffs, living quarters getting a little tight and the team possessing a championship pedigree unable to get out of town with a win. San Jose has recorded five straight victories at home in the playoffs against the...
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May 31, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
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.
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December 11, 2009 | Helene Elliott
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.
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May 11, 2013 | Helene Elliott
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.
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March 31, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
It was all going so well until the brother-in-law got involved. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was picking up right where he left off the other day, looking sharp, poised and on his game, even if all of his teammates weren't quite along for the ride Monday at Staples Center. Then Minnesota forward Matt Moulson, who is Quick's brother-in-law and a former teammate, got opportunistic and sparked a third-period rally by the Wild as Minnesota beat the Kings, 3-2, scoring twice in a span of 1 minute 2 seconds.
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May 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
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.
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October 13, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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April 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The band is getting back together. Well, at least two-thirds of it. Based on line rushes at Thursday's morning skate at Staples Center, it appears as though Kings captain Dustin Brown and center Anze Kopitar will be reunited for Game 4 against the Sharks on Tuesday night. They were a fixture, along with winger Justin Williams, during the Kings' run to the Stanley Cup in 2012, and a frequent partnership during many of their years with the Kings. There is a slight wrinkle, however, as Marian Gaborik was with them on Thursday morning.
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March 31, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
It was all going so well until the brother-in-law got involved. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was picking up right where he left off the other day, looking sharp, poised and on his game, even if all of his teammates weren't quite along for the ride Monday at Staples Center. Then Minnesota forward Matt Moulson, who is Quick's brother-in-law and a former teammate, got opportunistic and sparked a third-period rally by the Wild as Minnesota beat the Kings, 3-2, scoring twice in a span of 1 minute 2 seconds.
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March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PHILADELPHIA - If Flyers fans booed every time Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, it must have sounded like music to his ears. With extra zip in his step if not revenge in his heart for the acrimonious end to his tenure with the Flyers, Carter scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Another former Flyer longer removed, Justin Williams, scored the second goal of the Kings' eventual 3-2 victory. "There's an added incentive any time you play your former team, especially the way things ended here," Williams said of Carter, who didn't speak to the media after the game.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
You can use several methods to assess progress but there are the old reliable signposts along the long-and-winding NHL path. There's the first 20 games of a season, the record at Thanksgiving, and on New Year's. This season, there was the mark at the Olympic break, and now at the looming trade deadline. Wednesday, at noon, is the last opportunity for NHL general managers to close their deals. And so the Kings and Montreal played their final game before the window snaps shut and the Kings beat the Canadiens, 2-1, Monday night at Staples Center on goals by defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Jeff Carter, who had the game winner, on a power play in the second period.
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March 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One particular statistic might as well be printed in capital letters and practically leaps off the page. It resonates even more in a tight, stretch-run situation in which points and wins are carefully hoarded. Game-winning goals. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has scored five times this season but two have been game-winners. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Hurricanes 1 His power-play goal from the slot at 8:15 of the third period put the Kings in front for good and they added an empty-netter from Justin Williams to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
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December 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
One goal: A start, a statement or a momentary deviation? The circumstances behind Dustin Brown's third-period goal against Anaheim on Tuesday might provide insight. It was Brown's second goal in 13 games, an important one for the Kings and their captain — a game-tying goal against their closest rival, the Ducks. On top of it, it was a rare concession by particularly sharp Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. "Everyone wants to score goals, especially when you're struggling," Brown said Friday.
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February 5, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
COLUMBUS, Ohio - This one featured one anti-hero (Jeff Carter), two old foes (Mike Richards and Brandon Dubinsky) and one defenseman with one bad-looking right eye (Rob Scuderi.) What might have seemed like a garden-variety game on a Tuesday night in February, a 4-2 win by the Kings over the Columbus Blue Jackets, was anything but at Nationwide Arena. The Kings won their third game of the season, sparked by three assists from Justin Williams and goals from Anze Kopitar, Carter, defenseman Slava Voynov and Richards, who had his first of the season, an insurance goal, in the third period.
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May 14, 2012 | By Chris Foster
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.
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November 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ben Scrivens didn't mind that his shutout streak ended Tuesday, not with the way the Kings are surging. They dominated the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, at Staples Center, as five Kings scored goals. "I want to win more than I want shutouts," Scrivens said. Scrivens, the red-hot fill-in goalie, and the Kings just keep winning — four in a row, and 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Tuesday's victory pulled the Kings (15-6-1) to within one point of the Pacific Division-leading Ducks.
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November 5, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
This was Journalist Darryl on Tuesday. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter managed to enliven what has been a relatively ordinary break in the schedule by telling old stories Sunday, some about his baseball-playing days with his brothers when they were youngsters. Then he turned from storyteller to interrogator, taking a tape recorder from one of the regulars and asking a question Tuesday. This was, in part, to explain the team's schedule and why they had an day off Monday instead of Sunday.
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