Game 7: Justin Williams breaks down Kings eliminating Ducks

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The players pictured above are now a combined 24-0 in Game 7s. One of them, Justin Williams, shared the following thoughts after the Kings eliminated the Ducks on Friday night…

On facing Chicago:

“They got our number last year. We certainly want to make it back to the Cup Finals. You have to beat the best to be the best, and right now they are.”

On Teemu Selanne:

“There are not many guys that have that admiration from fans and players alike on his own team and throughout the league that he does. I’m proud that I was apart of his last game and I’m also proud to be his friend. If it is his last game, he’s had an unbelievable career and there’s not many guys left in this league with that respect.”

On why Selanne is so respected:

“Not only the player he is, but how much he loves the game. He reminds us all that it is a game and it’s fun. That’s the best way I can explain it. Attitude.”

On the importance of scoring first in this series:

“Well we certainly wanted to score first, but if we didn’t score first, we knew that wasn’t going to be the end all. We didn’t score first in our last Game 7 against San Jose, and we ended up winning that too. Obviously it’s nice to get. We’re a team that plays better with a led, everyone is.”

On his Game 7 success:

“I’m obviously proud of my numbers in Game 7, but I think the most one i’m proud of is the 6-0. We have a lot of guys on our team that have success in Game 7, as well.”

On the team’s success in Game 7:

“It’s obviously a little bit of luck, too. Great teammates. If I didn’t score the first one, someone else would have tonight. I’m proud of the way we played.”

On making it to the Western Conference Finals:

“Certainly is a parody. The hardest part is just getting into the playoffs every year. It’s a grind. We earned the right to be here. We beat two extremely tough teams in the Pacific Division which is a real tough division. We’re proud of where we are, but we know we’re half way.”

On being called Mr. Game 7:

“No, you can call me Justin.”

On the strong start to the game:

“Every game is different, it’s got it’s own subtitles and way it’s played. Yeah, we scored a couple of goals and capitalized on our chances. But, hey, if Corey every scores on the breakaway, it’s probably a different game. There was a lot of things that went our way tonight and we earned it.”

On if anything can upset this team:

“Well there is if we don’t win the cup this year.”

On the win:

“We’re a workman like team. We’re really not fancy. We work for our chances and we check for our chances. Sometimes you score one goal and win, sometimes you score five or six. Tonight we got our chances to put them in the back of the net, and we did.”

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