Last season, Justin Williams scored 22 goals for the Capitals – the most goals he’s tallied since notching 22 during his 2011-12 campaign. Williams did not have the same mojo for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Stick scored two goals in his first 24 games. That cold stretch included several hard-to-fathom, bad luck plays like having a goal taken away after the puck crossed the goal line a tenth of a second too late.
But lately, Williams’ mojo has returned and suddenly he has the midas touch. He has eight goals in his last 13 games. Williams tallied his 10th goal of the season Tuesday after redirecting a Dmitry Orlov shot on the power play with his skate.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 4, 2017
CSN’s initial replays suggested that Orlov’s shot went in untouched. But it was Williams’ right skate that misdirected the puck just enough to elude Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen.
Williams’ primary assist on the Capitals’ third goal of the night, a TJ Oshie even-strength tally, gave the Cobourg, Ontario-native his fourth multi-point game of the season and the 141st on his career. Williams would add two more assists, giving him his 27th career three-point game and first since 1/17/16 against the New York Rangers – a hat trick. Williams has earned eight points in his last five games (3g, 5a) and his 15 points in his last 14 games (8g, 7a).
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