LOS ANGELES — The Kings' Justin Williams, known for scoring key goals in Game 7s, scored a big one in a Game 1 on Wednesday.
Williams, left alone in the slot after a Rangers turnover, put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist in overtime to give the Kings a 3-2 win in the Stanley Cup final opener.
Williams ended up with the puck after a pass that Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi made from his knees went straight to the Kings' Mike Richards. Williams scored his eighth goal of the postseason on Lundqvist high glove side 4:36 into the extra period.
"I had a clean shot," said Williams, who in the Kings' Game 7 win over the Blackhawks in the Western Conference final tied the league career record for Game 7 goals (seven) and set the league record for Game 7 assists (14). "I was able to make it."
The Kings came back from a two-goal deficit in the first period. Benoit Pouliot scored on a breakaway at 13:21, and Carl Hagelin got a short-handed goal 1:42 later for the Rangers.
Kyle Clifford got the Kings within 2-1 at 17:33 of the first. Defenseman Drew Doughty, whose gaffe led to New York's first goal, scored the tying goal in the second with a beautiful move, toe-dragging around Derek Dorsett and firing a wrist shot past Lundqvist.
Los Angeles outshot New York 20-3 in the third period but couldn't get a winning goal past Lundqvist, who made 39 saves in regulation.
"They definitely took it to us in the third," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
"It was intense," Lundqvist said, "but they threw a lot of pucks from the outside."
Jonathan Quick had 23 saves for the Kings, who hadn't won an overtime playoff game at home since May 6, 2001. Williams attributed the win to "resilience and believing. Certainly it was not the start we wanted, but we got the result we wanted."
The Kings got a power play with 1:36 left when the Rangers' Brian Boyle was called for slashing a King's stick and breaking it shortly after a faceoff, setting up a wild finish to regulation.
Moments after Hagelin was denied by Quick on yet another short-handed breakaway, Jeff Carter was stopped short of a wraparound goal by Lundqvist, sending the Kings to their third straight overtime playoff game.
First—1, NYR, Pouliot 4, 13:21. 2, NYR, Hagelin 7 (Boyle, McDonagh), 15:03 (sh). 3, LA, Clifford 1 (Carter), 17:33. Penalties—Martinez, LA (hooking), 9:12; Zuccarello, NYR (holding), 14:34.
Second—4, LA, Doughty 5 (Williams, Clifford), 6:36. Penalties—Muzzin, LA (interference), 3:54; Brassard, NYR (boarding), 6:45; M.Richards, LA (high-sticking), 18:41.
Third—None. Penalties—Girardi, NYR (hooking), 2:37; Nash, NYR (holding), 7:54; Doughty, LA (diving), 7:54; Boyle, NYR (slashing), 18:24. First Overtime—5, LA, Williams 8 (M.Richards), 4:36. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—NYR 13-9-3-2—27. LA 14-7-20-2—43. Power-play opportunities—NYR 0 of 3; LA 0 of 4. Goalies—NYR, Lundqvist 12-8-0 (43 shots-40 saves). LA, Quick 13-9-0 (27-25).