Justin Williams won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP after cementing his big-game reputation with a postseason full of clutch play for the Los Angeles Kings. The veteran forward beat out defenseman Drew Doughty for the honor after the Kings’ 3-2 double-overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night.
Williams is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, winning it all with Carolina in 2006 and Los Angeles two years ago, and he played his biggest role yet during the Kings’ second championship run. Williams raised his steady game to brilliant heights in the postseason with nine goals and 16 assists, including the Kings’ first goal early in the clincher.
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