The Vegas Golden Knights have won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a monster 9-3 victory in Game 5, which had the NHL world celebrating.
If there was ever any doubt that the Vegas Golden Knights were the better team in the Stanley Cup Final — which there shouldn’t have been — they put it to rest early in Game 5 against the Florida Panthers.
With goals from Mark Stone and defenseman Nicolas Hague in the first period, the Golden Knights took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Then they really poured it on with a Happy Meal four-piece in the second period. Though they conceded one goal to the Panthers, the result was never in doubt, allowing for a 20-minute victory lap in the final period.
When the dust settled, the Vegas Golden Knights secured a wild and dominant 9-3 victory in Game 5 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, taking the series in emphatic 4-1 fashion…a gentleman’s sweep that felt quite ungentlemanly with a nine-goal finale.
But no one in Sin City cares about that as the home crowd was able to witness history with the franchise’s first-ever title.
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It’s been a wild and torrid brief history for the Golden Knights, who joined the NHL in the 2017 as an expansion franchise and made it to the Stanley Cup Final, shockingly, in their first season. They lost to the Washington Capitals.
They hadn’t been back since, though, but were dominant in their run through the Western Conference and then the Panthers. It wasn’t flashy or overly dramatic, but they played their brand of hockey and did so to elite effect.
Of course, fans of the Maple Leafs and many other Canadian franchises are surely a bit peeved that an organization that has existed for less than a decade won the Stanley Cup before they did. But no one in Vegas right now surely cares about that.