Kings conquer Rangers 3-2 in opening game of Stanley Cup finals
Los Angeles' Justin Williams nets the winning goal to deliver triumph over New York
Justin Williams netted the overtime game winner on Wednesday, giving the LA Kings a 3-2 triumph over the New York Rangers in game one at the Staples Centre.
The Kings battled back from an early two-goal deficit, and Williams sealed the win 4:35 into overtime to give the Kings a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven NHL championship series.
Mike Richards turned around and pushed the puck to Williams, who was left alone in the slot.
He beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his first overtime goal in a play-off game.
"Richards made a great play getting the puck out," Williams said.
"We screwed up a three-on-two royally. Fortunately for us, one of their 'D' men was following, I was sitting in front of the net with the puck, I was able to make a shot."
Lundqvist took a tough loss after stopping 40-of-43 shots - including all 20 he faced in the third period.
His opposite number Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who host game two at 7am tomorrow (Hong Kong time).
The teams were tied at 2-2 after two periods and neither scored in the third.
Drew Doughty netted the equaliser for the Kings at 6:36 of the second.
The well-rested Rangers, who completed their Eastern Conference finals win over Montreal last Thursday, had taken a 2-0 lead with goals from Benoit Pouliot Carl Hagelin.
"It's a great result … for us, but we have a lot of things to clean up," said Williams.