SECOND PERIOD: KINGS 2, SHARKS 0
Justin Williams, who hadn’t scored in the last eight playoff games for the Kings, put in two less than three minutes apart to cause a huge momentum swing. The first, on a power play, was jammed in from behind the net against the Sharks Antti Niemi after a broken-stick shot by Slava Voynov went wide 4:11 into the period. Williams’ second goal, a slap shot from the left side, came after a crisp drop pass from Voynov to Anze Kopitar who found Williams alone. Williams nearly scored a third goal but was denied minutes later by Niemi deep in the crease. Williams became the first NHL player in history to score a goal in the first four Game 7 situations he’s been in. How much did that fire up the Staples Center crowd? Almost as much as a blonde who showed up on the “Kiss Cam” and smooched nearly everyone within her reach. The Kings outshot the Sharks, 11-7, in the period and hold a 14-12 edge overall.