Vegas making Stanley Cup Finals isn’t bad for NHL

Tomas Nosek scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, and the expansion Golden Knights surged past the Capitals for a 6-4 victory on Monday night.

We put fun ahead of everything, and you can tell, said Ryan Reaves, who scored the Knights’ tying goal in the third period. Guys have are having fun and they’re smiling.

The Eastern Conference champion Capitals hadn’t given up this many goals in 29 games since March 18, but they hadn’t seen anything like this charmed run by the upstart Knights. With its sellout crowd of hometown fans at deafening volume all night, Vegas put its usual speed and relentlessness on full display while overcoming that third-period deficit to win the opener of a matchup between two franchises seeking their first Stanley Cup titles.

I think next game is going to be different, and all the nervousness, all the bad thing goes away in this game, said captain Alex Ovechkin, who had an assist. We just have to forget about it and bounce back (in the) next one.

And making these numbers more impressive is Andujar usually hits eighth and Torres mostly bats ninth.

I feel so great, Torres said. When I come to the ballpark, every day I just try to do my job, help my team. Enjoy and do my job. Just learn every day. Be mature every day and help. It’s the most important thing.

Andujar is the same way, and having his buddy Torres around for the fun makes it extra special.

It’s been an amazing experience for us just to be together here, Andujar said. We’re trying to do the best we can and trying to help the team. It’s been a great ride for us.

In Torres’ at-bat, he worked the count to 2-2, then fouled off a high fastball to stay alive before ripping his game-winning hit on a 95-mph heater that was down and in the zone.

I just put myself relaxed, Torres said. Try to put the ball into play and help my team. I think it is the most important for me… help my team when I’ve got opportunities. When I don’t do my job, I feel bad.

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