“I can’t believe I won that,” Justin 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.”
It’s not every player that stays humble about their talents, and it’s not every player that gets the Conn Smythe. This year it was given to Los Angeles Kings, #14, Willie, Stick, JWill, Mr. Game 7, humble and fearless, Justin Williams.
“I don’t do anything flashy out there,” said Williams. “I’m not the fastest skater. I don’t have the greatest shot. I just try and do the best I can out there with what I have. I feel my smarts and my instincts have gotten me where I am, and my competitiveness.”
During the regular season Williams doesn’t disappoint, but for some reason during the postseason, or big stage as he refers to it, he comes alive and performs like a true MVP.
He deserved the Conn Smythe for many reasons, but mostly his entire postseason success.
After facing elimination against the San Jose Sharks, Williams scored twice in Game 4 to keep the series alive. Williams tied Wayne Gretzky for a second all-time with his sixth career Game 7 goal, after he scored a power play goal in Game 7 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Against the Chicago Blackhawks he scored in Game 2 and 7 to send the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final. During the Cup Final against the Rangers he scored the Game 1 overtime goal and the first goal in Game 5.
Williams truly represents the Kings run to their victory: hard work, strength, resilience, patience, and timely goals. People say players out West who don’t get that much attention are underrated, but how can Williams any longer be underrated with this kind of stats and success.
He had a total of 25 points in 26 games in the postseason. He had seven points in the Stanley Cup Final. He improved his record of Game 7’s to 7-0, with 14 goals, seven goals, seven assists.
Williams truly represent the Kings run to their victory: hard work, strength, resilience, patience, and timely goals. People say players out West who don’t get that much attention are underrated, but how can Williams any longer be underrated with this kind of stats and success.
“He was a difference-maker,” said Kings captain Dustin Brown. “It could have been any number of guys. But that’s what a great team is about. I love him.”
People said either Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar (leading goal scorers) or Drew Doughty would receive the Conn Smythe, but Justin Williams was the fitting recipient. Three Stanley Cups, and now a Conn Smythe, all credentials of a true King.
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