Wil­liams takes son’s ad­vice, joins Cap­i­tals

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

When Justin Wil­liams wasn’t sure where he’d be play­ing next sea­son, his six-year-old son Jaxon was al­ready sug­gest­ing Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Cap­i­tals. “A month ago he said, ‘Daddy, if we don’t go back to L.A., I think you should go to play with Ovechkin be­cause he’s the best,”‘ Wil­liams re­called. Ovechkin is a three-time Hart Tro­phy win­ner as NHL MVP and is a point-a-game per­former in seven play­off ap­pear­ances. But in the stretch the Cap­i­tals are 3-6 in Game 7 and haven’t ad­vanced past the sec­ond round. En­ter Wil­liams, the Cobourg, Ont., na­tive who earned the “Mr. Game 7” nick­name by go­ing 7-0 with seven goals and seven as­sists in Game 7 sit­u­a­tions in the NHL. The Cap­i­tals are hop­ing sign­ing the three-time Stan­ley Cup­win­ner to a US$7.5-mil­lion, two-year deal helps them hit the jack­pot. “He just brings the things that we need that we don’t have,” Washington gen­eral man­ager Brian MacLel­lan said. “We’re look­ing to get over the hump, and he’s been there be­fore. I think he can have an ef­fect on our team to get us there.”

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