Williams Scores OT Winner for Kings in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final
(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Williams scored off a Dan Girardi turnover 4:36 into overtime to vault the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime Wednesday, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
"Everything usually offensively starts in our zone and (Mike) Richards made a great play getting the puck out," Williams said when describing the game-winning goal. "We screwed up a three-on-two royally and fortunately for us one of their 'D' men was falling and we were able to turn the puck over. I was sitting in front of the net with the puck and I was able to make a shot."
But when the game started it was only the Rangers lighting the lamp. New York raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period after Carl Hagelin scored a shorthanded goal. The Kings answered at the end of the first when Kyle Clifford scored his first goal of the postseason to make it 2-1.
Drew Doughty tied the game in the second period when he scored his fifth goal of the playoffs.
Then in the third period, the Kings outshot the Rangers 20-3, although no goals were scored.
"Not quite sure what happened there in the third," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said. "Not sure if it was them being that good or us stopping moving the puck and skating and going north-south. They definitely took it to us in the third."
Game 2 is Saturday in Los Angeles. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m Eastern.
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