It wasn’t Game 7, but it will do for the Kings' Justin Williams.

Williams flicked a shot 4 minutes 36 seconds into overtime past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to give the Kings a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on Wednesday night. Game 2 will be Saturday at Staples Center.

Williams has made a career out of Game 7 heroics. He has seven goals and 14 points, winning all seven series finales. He was there in overtime for the Kings.

A turnover by Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi left the puck with Kings center Mike Richards near the blue line. He found Williams slipping down the slot. Williams had a clear shot at the net.

It prevented the Kings from wondering what might have been.

Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings. Clifford also had an assist. Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin scored for the Rangers.

The Kings dominated the third period, but couldn’t solve Lundqvist. He stopped all 20 shots in the third period to keep the Stanley Cup Final opener score tied, 2-2, after three periods.

The Rangers had only three shots in the third period. The last nearly won the game.

The Kings were on a power play, with Rangers center Brian Boyle sent off for slashing. But left wing Carl Hagelin picked up a puck and burst up ice on a breakaway. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick managed to get his glove on the shot, sending the puck over the net with 30 seconds left.

It put the Kings in overtime for the third time in their last four games.