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Justin Williams wins 2014 Conn Smythe

Jun 14, 2014, 12:46 AM EDT

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The player known as “Mr. Game 7” can now be called “Mr. Playoff MVP.”

In what must have been a tough call for voters, Los Angeles Kings winger Justin Williams was named the 2014 Conn Smythe winner on Friday after his team survived a double-overtime thriller against the New York Rangers.

As flattering as the “Mr. Game 7” nickname must be, there was the chance that such a specific moniker might obscure the fact that he is much more than just a “closer” to the Los Angeles Kings. You can probably put that to bed now, though.

Williams praised his teammates over and over again after receiving the Conn Smythe, yet you could tell it was a proud moment for a player who fought through tough times earlier in his career, particularly with injuries.

“It’s pretty sweet,” Williams said. “To get that award and to get the ovation that I got from my teammates was pretty special and emotional for me. ”

The 32-year-old scored nine goals and 25 points in 26 playoff games, including the opening tally in Friday’s Game 5 thriller, which ended with the Kings prevailing 3-2 against the New York Rangers in double-overtime.

Williams scored big goals with aplomb, including the overtime-clincher in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. He’s long been a quality scorer, especially with lights shining the brightest, yet he made the leap from an under-the-radar star to a household hockey name during the Kings’ incredible (and grueling) run.

Beyond providing quality offense, one of the things that really stands out about Williams is that he’s the kind of two-way player who might begin to draw serious Selke consideration. Like Patrice Bergeron, this high-profile run might grab mainstream attention for a player whose brilliance is a little on the subtle side.

Sneaky or not, Williams is enjoying quite the outstanding career already. He’s already a three-time Stanley Cup champion who routinely seems to put his team in a position to prevail in must-win games.

In other words, he might have a shot at another Conn Smythe Trophy before he hangs up his skates.

  1. brycewest - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Glad to see the (former) Flyers perform!!! How does Holmgren still have a job?

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      First off Bob Clare traded Williams and Carter Richards were douche bags when they were in Philly !

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM


      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        The KINGS fans barely cheered Richards when he skated with the cup enough said !

      • habs9 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Mike Richards is an allround douchebag though so no surprise they wouldnt cheer that much

  2. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    If it didn’t go to Williams or the five other Kings that deserved it … it should have gone to …

    Henry the King of Delicious Rebounds!

    • 1cupin74years - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      King of…..what? lol Rags……

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:19 AM


        THAT’S WHAT!!!!

  3. steelcity333 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Would have went with Doughty or Kopitar but won’t argue with this selection.

  4. sjtorpitt - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Refs should have gotten it, but Williams was a good choice too.

    • hrudey - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      What do you, the refs, and the Rangers all have in common?

      None of you scored a goal in the third period or OT in the finals.

    • 22lakings22 - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:21 AM

      Guess the reverse sweep still stings…

  5. jake1199 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    What a joke! Williams scored big goals, who cares! The MVP should have been Kopitar or Doughty! Those were the big guns for the champs!

    • itwasafumble - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      It’s not like Williams isn’t a worthy candidate. He scored the goal or the assist on several game winning goals this playoff season. Stick is a very underrated player in this league, and it’s nice to see him get some real recognition. There’s plenty of time for Doughty and Kopitar to get their Conn Smythes in the next few years, hopefully.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      a joke? Williams led the team in points and was arguably the clutchest player in he playoffs, how was he a bad choice?

      • Professor Fate - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Actually Williams was tied for second (25) with Jeff Carter. Anze Kopitar led in points (26). Where Williams really shined was his +13. Second in +/- was a tie between Brandon Saad and Tanner Pearson at +10.

  6. jpat2424 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    I’m very salty. But congrats kings and to the kings fans. Great season to you.

  7. 1cupin74years - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    A real King won the Conn Smythe!! Not Henry of MSG…

  8. luvusa1 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Ah, get a clue…Holmgren traded Richards and Carter, not Clarke. Great for former Flyers Richards and Williams…not so much for Carter who decided to just coast in Philly and whined to be traded in Columbus. Fact. Congrats to the Kings- better team won.

  9. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Anyone that doesn’t think he deserved this then they didn’t watch him in these playoff. By far the most clutch player these playoffs. Well deserved Williams you have always been an underrated player that always brought it when it counts. Really sucks flyers got rid of Williams Richards an sharp. I was always a big fan of him from day one.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      agreed, he was not only clutch as hell but also led the Kings in points, how could he be a bad choice, doesnt make any sense

  10. tdrusher225 - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    It probably should have been Doughty or Kopitar, but seeing Williams in tears after receiving the award even got me a little emotional.

  11. jason9696 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Before the Stanley Cup started I thought Anze Kopitar or Drew Doughty would win the Conn Smythe. But Kopitar or Doughty didn’t do much in the Finals.

    I don’t think you could have gone wrong with Justin Williams or Jeff Carter.

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