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NOSEK'S GAME-WINNER FOR VEGAS REPEATS HISTORY FROM GRAND RAPIDS

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By Pete Wallner, MLive.com

Tomas Nosek delivered again in the first game of a hockey final.

The former Detroit Red Wings prospect scored the game-winning goal in the third period Monday to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Last year, on June 2, Nosek was playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins and delivered the game-winning goal with 13.9 seconds remaining in the third period of Game 1 of the Calder Cup Championship. The Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 and went on to win the series in six games.

The 25-year-old Nosek, playing on the fourth line, actually scored two goals for the Knights in third period. His game-winner came at the 9:44 mark off a feed in front from defenseman Shea Theodore. He also landed an empty-netter with three seconds remaining.

"This is another level, so it feels great," Nosek said via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We tried to keep the things simple and go hard to the net. I think that's what made us good in the third period. We have to keep doing that. Just keep things simple and be hard on the forecheck and create some chaos in there."

Game 2 is 8 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Nosek had one goal previously during this year's playoffs - against Winnipeg in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals - in 12 games. He finished the regular season with seven goals and 15 points in 67 games.

Nosek was claimed in the expansion draft by the Golden Knights after the 2016-17 season in which he flourish in the postseason with the Griffins and also played with Detroit Red Wings.

He was the Griffins' leading scorer in the postseason with 10 goals and 22 points in 19 games, and appeared in 11 regular-season games with the Red Wings with one goal in 11 games.