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The Golden Knights defeated the Panthers in Game 5 to win the first Stanley Cup in team history.

The Golden Knights defeated the Panthers in Game 5 to win the first Stanley Cup in team history.

Captain Mark Stone scored a hat-trick and Nicolas Hack, Alec Martinez, Reilly Smith, Miguel Amadio, Ivan Barbashev and Nicolas Roy all added singles Las Vegas Golden Knights defeated Florida Cheetahs 9-3 on Tuesday to win the Stanley Cup for the first time time.

Vegas defeated Florida in five games to cap a 111-point season, where it ranked first in the Western Conference. It’s an impressive feat for the NHL’s second-youngest franchise, which won the title in its sixth year of operation.

Stone opened the scoring with a short first-half score by Jonathan Marchald Before stopping in front of Panthers goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky, they roof him with a 1-0 lead. Hack controversially added an insurance marker Jack Eichel tossed the puck into the net, where he was briefly buried. There was a hiss, and then Hake absorbed it. After a brief review, the call was confirmed.

Golden Knights captain Mark Stone put in an impressive performance to lead his team to victory in Game 5. (Photo by Jeff Bottery/NHLI via Getty Images)

Panther defenseman Aaron Ekblad Vegas beat the goaltender to put his team on the board Mount Adin A clean wrist shot from the point, but any hope of a Florida comeback was short-lived. Martinez scored his second goal of the playoffs before Eichel took a pass and fed it to Sergei Bobrovsky for a 3-1 lead. Nine years have passed since Martinez scored the Los Angeles Reyes Cup goal in 2014.

From there, the path continued. Smith scored on an open basket, Stone added his second of the night and then Amadeo got on the scoreboard as the Golden Knights entered the second intermission with an unbeatable 6-1 lead. Barbashev previously scored in the third period Sam Reinhardt Y sam bennett Against the Panthers, the result is already in the balance.

Stone completed his hat-trick with an empty goal with less than six minutes to go. Roy put an exclamation point on the win with a last-minute countout.

Marchault was awarded the 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded annually to the playoff MVP.

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