Zach Whitecloud scores, Strong 3rd period lifts Knights over Panthers in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final


Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud (2) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period against the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 3, 2023, in Las Vegas.Lucas Peltier / USA Today Sports

LAS VEGAS - Adin Hill made 33 saves and Zach Whitecloud scored the go-ahead goal to highlight a three-goal third period for the Vegas Golden Knights, who defeated the Florida Panthers 5-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist, Jack Eichel had two assists and Jonathan Marchessault, Mark Stone and Reilly Smith also scored for Vegas. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Las Vegas.

Eric Staal scored a short-handed goal and Anthony Duclair also scored for Florida, which had an eight-game road winning streak snapped. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 33 shots.


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