Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save as Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) looks for the rebound during the first period in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Stanley Cup Finals: Justin Williams puts Kings up early in Game 5 (GIF)

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Justin Williams did it again, and staked his Los Angeles Kings to an early 1-0 lead in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.

The goal bodes well for the Kings, who have only scored the first goal against the New York Rangers once in this series — happening in Game 3 — which resulted in a 3-0 win for Los Angeles.

Check out Williams punching the puck into the net against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who couldn’t seem to find the puck and was being buried by a group of players in his own crease. This is Stanley Cup hockey at it’s finest.


You can’t really blame Lundqvist for that one, and it seems like Wiliams just has a knack for being at the right place when the puck is loose and the net is near. The goal was Williams ninth of this year’s playoffs, and many have him as a favorite to win this year’s Conn Smythe trophy.

Goals like this will certainly help his case in that department.

After one period, the Kings held on to that 1-0 lead. A victory in tonight’s Game 5 would clinch the Kings’ second Stanley Cup championship in three years, winning it against the New Jersey Devils in 2012.


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