So on the media bus ride back from Newark to Manhattan I sat next to a hockey writer from the Toronto Globe and Mail who was going on an on about what an intelligent player Kings winger Justin Williams is.
Obviously Anze Kopitar gets all the credit for his overtime goal that won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils, and rightfully so because he knew he was dealing with less than ideal ice which curtailed his creativity and he made the one juke/pause move he could on Devils goalie Martin Brodeur to create an open look.
Once he got it, he took advantage.
But if you rewind the tape a little bit further you’ll see Williams draw two defenders to him after Dustin Brown chipped the puck along the wall to him, then flick pass it to Kopitar leading to the winning goal.
It was smart, savvy hockey. And Williams sheds some light on the play – among other things – in this video: