Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup

The Vegas Golden Knights have won their first Stanley Cup, defeating the Florida Panthers in five games.

The Stanley Cup Final matchup saw the eighth-seeded Panthers meet Vegas after sweeping the Eastern Conference Finals.

In game five, the Golden Knights dispatched the Panthers in dominant fashion with a score of 9-3. The game saw Vegas captain Mark Stone score the first hat trick in a Cup-clinching game since 1922. Nine goals for one team is also a record for a Cup-clinching game.

Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The win is a first for the six-year-old franchise, which has only missed the playoffs once since joining the NHL prior to the 2017-18 season.

Before meeting the Panthers in the finals, Vegas took down the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, and Dallas Stars — winning 16 of 22 games in the process.

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