Monday, May 28.  2018

By Charles V Reilly
NHL Insider for

Las Vegas – Tomas Nosek scored the go-ahead goal on a crushing short-range shot and then added an empty-net goal with 0:03 to play to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in the opening game of a Best of Seven series for the Stanley Cup Championship here Monday night.

It was a fierce battle with heavy checking in all three periods. The Vegas Golden Knights attacked close range against Capitals goalie Braden Holtby who came into this game with two straight shutout wins to eliminate the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The sold out crowd – with a thousand or more fans outside of the T-Mobile Arena – waved their towels when the game was tied 4-4 in the third period. Nosek’s game-breaker came from the right side of the net. He was posted just out of the net area and fired off a blast of a shot top shelf for the decisive goal.

Nosek, 25, is listed at 6’2″. He previously played for the Detroit Red Wings.

The Golden Knights got another awesome game from goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who had 24 saves. Golden Knights goal scorers were Colin Miller, William Karlsson, Reilly Smith, Ryan Reaves – who scored from close range – and the two goals from Nosek.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said “we have a lot more to give than what we showed tonight. Looking forward to the game here Wednesday.”

Game Two is here at the T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, 5 pm local time.