With Justin Williams, Mr. Game 7, Capitals Look to End Playoff Failures

Williams’s mystique engendered a great deal of curiosity among his teammates, who two seasons ago watched his Los Angeles Kings swat away playoff adversity — down by 3-0 to San Jose, three consecutive defeats to Anaheim, a third—period Game 7 deficit to Chicago — to become the first team to win three Game 7s on the road.

If he were the boastful type, Williams might mention a play he made in the overtime clincher against the Blackhawks, when his tight turn along the boards allowed him to retain possession while exiting the Kings’ zone, dump the puck deep, keep churning to retrieve it behind the net and then pass to the point, setting up the winning goal.

After Los Angeles dusted the Rangers to win the Cup, Williams, with 25 points in 26 games, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the most valuable player of the postseason.

“In the playoffs, guys tighten up a little bit,” Alzner said. “Guys just throw the puck off the wall and live to fight another day, but he has the confidence and the skill to make the plays that you would make during the regular season in the playoffs.”

Williams, 34, said he acquired that calmness during the first two stops of…

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