Golden Knights overwhelm Panthers to clinch Stanley Cup

Golden Knights overwhelm Panthers to clinch Stanley Cup

Some franchises go years without winning a championship. Others have never hoisted a finals trophy.

Not the Vegas Golden Knights.’

The team has only been in existence for six years, but in the span they’ve played in two Stanley Cup Finals. On Tuesday night, they finished the deal, overwhelming the Florida Panthers, 9-3, to win the series, 4-1.

The home team scored two goals in the first period, and four more in the second to build an insurmountable 6-1 lead going into the final period.

Mark Stone had a hat trick for the Knights in the finals, including an empty-netter late in the third period.

Other scorers were Nicolas Hague, Alec Martinez, Reilly Smith Michael Amadio, Ivan Barbashev and Nicolas Roy.

Jonathan Maechessault was voted the Conn Smythe award winner as the most valuable player. He is one of the six original Golden Knights that has been with the franchise since its beginning.

The series could very well have been a sweep, but the Panthers rallied late in Game Three in Florida with a late goal to tie and the game-winner in overtime.

For better or worse, that win extended the series back to Las Vegas, where the Golden Knights were able to clinch the series in front of the largest home crowd in franchise history,