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Elsewhere: Justin Williams Scores Two, Kings Advance to Western Finals

May 29, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Justin Williams AP

As if this postseason couldn’t get any longer for Flyers fans, both Western Conference semis just had to go seven games, as terribly exciting as that truly is. And the Flyers West, aka the Los Angeles Kings, appear to be making another run at the Stanley Cup, with the assist once again going to former members of the Philadelphia hockey club.

Justin Williams, who of course was a first-round pick of the Flyers back in 2000, scored both of the Kings’ goals in their 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. He along with the other excommunicated – namely Mike Richards and Jeff Carter – move on to face the winners of tonight’s Game 7 between the Red Wings and Blackhawks in Chicago.

Williams has already hoisted the Cup twice in his career, once with the L.A. last year, as well as with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. We also learned with this most recent clutch performance against the Sharks that he’s come up especially huge in Game 7’s. As Greg Wyshynski writes on Puck Daddy, Williams became the first NHL player to light the lamp in each of his first four, and he now has more scores in Game 7 than any active player in the league.

New Jersey Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti summed up Williams’ historic dominance in these dramatic conclusions like this:

It’s not like ex-Flyers Williams, Richards, and Carter are getting it done by themselves obviously. There is a strong core there, and Jonathan Quick continues to absolutely astound in net – is there a better big-game goaltender in the National Hockey League today? Still, very difficult not to picture those guys in Orange & Black sometimes. Seasons like this aren’t making it any easier.

And who are we supposed root for the rest of the way? Certainly not the Penguins, pulling for Boston is always complicated, I’m still not over the Blackhawks in 2010, and I know some Red Wings fans and who have have a quiet superiority about them. Kings it is…?

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  1. psudrozz - May 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    no problems here rooting for the kings.

    of course, i think we all can agree anyone but the pens.

  2. BenE. - May 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Flyers West to me are the San Jose Sharks in that their woes most closely resemble those of our Flyers. Great regular season team, a couple standout stars, lose in the playoffs to a different team each year.

    • 2sense - May 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Dude! My son said same thing word for word this morning.

  3. Worst Case Scenario - May 29, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I guess I’m rooting for the Bruins or Redwings? F that. I’ll just not watch.

    It was easier to root for the Kings when they had Gagne.

  4. Mike - May 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    You know on a Friday night at like 7 o’clock, when you really want to have a cool night out. but you are not sure where to go. You have all sorts of exciting possibilities. But then a few of the places are too far, you don’t feel like driving, or you don’t want to spend that much money. Your buddy wants to go to that one place you can’t stand. Next thing you know, it’s 9 o’clock, it’s kind of too late to go anywhere else. So you go to that bar near your place that has pretty good wings and sandwiches. Nothing spectacular, but solid. You were just there a few weeks ago. You see a few familiar faces. It’s a good time. But nothing amazing.

    That’s how I feel whenever the Detroit Redwings win the Stanley Cup. Nobody else steps up, so they just end up with it.


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