Kings' Justin Williams Matches Game 7 Goals Record, Breaks Game 7 Points Record

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Kings' Justin Williams Matches Game 7 Goals Record, Breaks Game 7 Points Record
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Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams matched an NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Game 7 scoring record during Sunday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks. At the 17:22 mark of the first period, Williams scored his seventh career goal in a Game 7, matching Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson for the NHL record, per the Associated Press, via USA Today.

Furthermore, Williams was credited with an assist on Alec Martinez's series-clinching goal in overtime, giving the 32-year-old Canadian winger an NHL-record 14 career points in Game 7s. Like Anderson, the previous record holder is also a Hall of Famer, center Doug Gilmour, who ranks ninth on the NHL's all-time playoff points list with an impressive 188 points.

Williams' goal on a wrist shot tied the game at two apiece during a frenzied first period that ended with the Blackhawks up 3-2. The game would eventually go to overtime, knotted at 4-4, until Williams fed the puck to Martinez, whose shot deflected off Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy and behind goaltender Corey Crawford for the game- and series-winner. 

Sunday night's two points give Williams 18 for the 2014 playoffs, matching a personal postseason career high set with the Carolina Hurricanes back in 2006.

History shows that Williams knows how to step up and play MVP-type hockey in series-clinching games, despite the fact that he's never been a superstar. Including the Kings' three this year, Williams has played in seven Game 7s, averaging exactly one goal and one assist per contest. More importantly, his teams are 7-0 in those games, per Yahoo Sports.

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