Consummate King Justin Williams Gets His Due with 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy

June 13th, 2014 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

Mr. Game 7 is now the Conn Man.

The Los Angeles Kings' Justin Williams was the perfect choice for the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs' most valuable player. He defined the Kings' difficult route to the final. Hard work. Clutch performances. Pure heart.

He wasn't the leading scorer—although he finished just a point shy of teammate Anze Kopitar in that category. He wasn't the flashiest guy, leaving the pretty moves to the likes of Marian Gaborik and Drew Doughty. He didn't even score the most game-winning goals for the Kings—that honor belonged to the Cup-winning overtime hero, Alec Martinez.

But when the Kings needed him to come up with a big play throughout the playoffs, Williams was there to provide one this spring.

He earned the title "Mr. Game 7" among his teammates because of his performances in the winner-take-all situations in the past and again this season when the Kings went through three of them on the road and still came out victorious every time.

Williams had a goal and an assist in the Western Conference Final to help eliminate the Chicag ...

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