Photo: Patrick Smith
Earlier in the season, we learned from defenseman Taylor Chorney that Justin Williams‘ nickname is Stick. Williams originally got that nickname during his time in Los Angeles. Stick apparently is an endearing hockey nickname for a skinny teammate.
“It’s slowly become ‘Stick’ and it’s slowly sticking, no pun intended,” Chorney said.
But that’s not the only nickname Williams goes by in Washington. According to Nicklas Backstrom, Williams’ Mr. Game 7 moniker has been adjusted by his new teammates right in time for the playoffs.
The Hockey News feature on Nicklas Backstrom
“We call him Mr. Perfect,” Backstrom said to The Hockey News. “He’s a really good friend of mine on the team. I hang out with him a lot on the road. You can really tell he’s won three Stanley Cups, and he’s big in games when he needs to be. I’m so impressed with how he acts around the team and how he brings good vibes in the locker room.”
So when Williams walks into the locker room, does this play?
But it isn’t just Backstrom. Mike Richards called Williams Mr. Perfect while promoting his teammate’s new Twitter account Saturday.
Look who's on Twitter, Mr. Game 7/Mr. Perfect/ stick. Give him a follow @JustinWilliams
— Michael Richards (@MRichie_10) April 10, 2016
Captain Alex Ovechkin even did so after Sunday night’s game where Williams played in his 1,000th career game. Well…kind of.
A photo posted by Alexander Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial) on
Williams originally got the Mr. Game 7 nickname because he shares a playoff record with Glenn Anderson for the most Game 7 goals in NHL history with seven. He also has the outright record for most Game 7 points with 14.
That’s nice and all, but with all of the Caps’ bad history in the postseason, Williams will have to be better than great in Game 7’s to get the Caps over the hump.
He’ll have to be perfect.
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