VIDEO: Justin Williams scores for Kings without even shooting
Justin Williams scored for the third time in two games as he gave L.A. an early first-period lead on a wacky goal.
After being the Game 7 hero for the Kings against the San Jose Sharks with a pair of goals to help L.A. take the second-round series, Justin Williams kept his hot streak alive Saturday without even trying.
Williams gave the Kings a 1-0 lead in the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks after Dave Bolland’s clearing attempt bounced off his stick and into the open net.
Though Williams didn’t mean to put the puck on net, it counted as a shot and was just the second for the Kings through 14:23 of the first period. L.A. was actually outshot 17-2 by the Blackhawks through the opening 20 minutes.
It was a bungled play overall for the Blackhawks as Corey Crawford strayed from his crease to play the puck behind the net. His clearing attempt ended up being pinned against the boards by Brad Richardson, leaving Crawford well out of position as the puck remained free. Bolland collected it and tried to send it out of the zone, but Williams was right there to get a stick on it.
Three of Williams’ five goals this postseason have come in the last two games. When you’re hot, you’re hot, I guess.
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