NHL playoffs 2019: Justin Williams notches game-winning assist for Canes, adds to ‘Mr. Game 7’ lore
Williams entered Wednesday’s game with the most career points in Game 7s, and he waited for the best possible time to add to his considerable haul. With the game still tied past the midway point of the second overtime period, Williams whipped the puck toward the Washington net and through a crowd. Brock McGinn, who had already pulled off some defensive heroics earlier in the game, managed to make contact as the puck was goal-bound and redirected it past Braden Holtby to stun the Capital One Arena crowd into silence.MORE: Justin Williams has a knack for Game 7 heroics It wouldn’t be a Game 7 without “Mr. Game 7.”Hurricanes forward Justin Williams added to his storied history in series-deciding contests Wednesday with a game-winning assist in double overtime as Carolina defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 7 of their first-round series. The goal came just moments after the Hurricanes had set a franchise record for the longest Game 7.Tonight marks the longest #Game7 in @NHLCanes / Whalers franchise history, eclipsing the 1992 Division Semifinals (85:26). https://t.co/fM8XYnSFpH #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/eUTSUPcZRX— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 25, 2019Williams’ assist gave him 15 points in nine Game 7s, putting him a two-point cushion atop the all-time leaderboard over Doug Gilmour (13 points in 11 games).Justin Williams assisted on the @NHLCanes’ overtime winner to record his 15th career point in a #Game7 (7-8—15 in 9 GP), extending his NHL record. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/qWYpqsAYEu— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 25, 2019After winning their fifth Game 7 in a row dating to 2006, the Hurricanes move on to the second round where they will face the New York Islanders.