LAS VEGAS -- Tomas Nosek watched the Winnipeg Jets tie Game 4 of the Western Conference Final while he was in the penalty box, and the Vegas Golden Knights forward was eager to respond.
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He scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal 43 seconds later to regain the lead and help Vegas to a 3-2 win at T-Mobile Arena on Friday that moved them one win from the Stanley Cup Final.
"Honestly, I felt relief," Nosek said. "My emotions were built up. I was happy."
With the Golden Knights leading 1-0 in the second period, Nosek in the offensive zone went to retrieve the puck in the right corner but couldn't contain it and tripped Jacob Trouba at 8:28. Patrik Laine scored 1:01 later to tie it 1-1.
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Vegas kept its fourth line on the ice and had a 3-on-3 going into the offensive zone. Center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare shot from the blue line and got the rebound from Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Bellemare attempted a wraparound, and Nosek was able to score off the rebound for a 2-1 lead at 10:12.
"I think it was important to score right away," Nosek said. "The playoffs is about momentum, I think. You always try to keep the momentum on your side. Everyone can make mistakes, but the most important thing is to go back in the next shift, bounce back and be ready."
Rolling four lines has been crucial to Vegas this postseason, which will continue with Game 5 at Winnipeg on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The fourth line, anchored by Bellemare and Nosek, has been called the "grit and tough" line by coach Gerard Gallant.
Nosek's goal was the fourth scored by Vegas less than 90 seconds after a Winnipeg goal. Brayden McNabb scored 35 seconds after Joel Armia in the first period of Game 1; Jonathan Marchessault scored 88 seconds after Kyle Connor scored a third-period power-play goal in Game 2; and James Neal scored 12 seconds after Mark Scheifele scored in the second period in Game 3.
"It's not an easy shift [for the fourth line]," Bellemare said. "There's not so much room out there and you have to battle for every single puck. And sometimes a shot, a rebound, try to wrap it, and boom, it's a goal. I don't think anyone in the rink would've seen that being a goal.
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