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Stanley Cup Stories: Kings' Justin Williams does it again

05/29/2013 03:15 EDT | Updated 07/28/2013 05:12 EDT
A familiar hero lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a Game 7 victory over their California rival San Jose Sharks in the top NHL playoff stories from Tuesday:

1. Justin Williams knows a thing or two (or five) about Game 7s. The Cobourg, Ont., native was clutch yet again, and scored his fourth and fifth career Game 7 goals to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick robbed Sharks forward Joe Pavelski late in the third period to preserve the series in which the home team won all seven games. It was the 14th consecutive home victory for the defending Stanley Cup champs, who await the winner of the Blackhawks-Red Wings series for a clash in the Western Conference final.

2. When veteran sniper Jaromir Jagr and his famous, flowing hair broke into the league in 1990, Penguins centre Brandon Sutter was only 20 months old. Now Sutter will get his first taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs against Jagr and the Boston Bruins in the third round. Meanwhile, a now mullet-less Jagr hopes to regain that scoring touch he once showcased in a Pittsburgh uniform. The battle of the black and gold versus the black and yellow highlights Hockey Night in Canada's continuing coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final is set for Saturday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).

3. In the calm before Game 7, the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings prepare for the finale of their seesaw series. Catch the deciding game between the longtime Original Six rivals on Wednesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET). Now back to Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw with the weather.

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