The Panthers beat the Golden Knights in Game 5

When owner Bill Foley was awarded an NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights said his goal was to win the Stanley Cup in a sixth season.

The Golden Knights defeated the Matthew Tkachuk-less Florida Panthers 9-3 on Tuesday night to capture the franchise’s first NHL championship.

The Panthers were upset after an upset to reach the finals, but fell to the deep-seeded Golden Knights, who went on to excel in the playoffs and win their title in 22 games.

Five years after the Washington Capitals won the 2018 title at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, captain Mark Stone scored a hat trick and the Golden Knights pulled out a dominant second period as Vegas celebrated on home ice.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault hoists the Stanley Cup, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP.

A closer look at Game 5:

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How the Golden Knights beat the Panthers in Game 5

The Panthers’ power play struggled throughout the finals and it left them trailing in Game 5.

Vegas goalie Adin Hill stopped Alexander Fargo in close, and soon after, Stone took advantage of a turnover to start a 2-on-1 gap with Chandler Stephenson. With the pass picked off, he made a slick move in front of the net and shot the puck past Panthers goalie Sergey Bobrovsky for a short-handed goal.

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