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.

Captain Mark Stone scored a hat trick, the first in the Stanley Cup Finals since Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche scored three goals in a 1996 game, and the Golden Knights pulled away in a dominant second period.

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

Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena allowed Vegas to celebrate on home ice more than five years after the Washington Capitals won the 2018 title.

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“Unbelievable,” Stone said. “The look in my teammates’ eyes when I got (the Stanley Cup) was one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had. I can’t describe the feeling in my stomach right now. It’s everything you can imagine.

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