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Flyers’ Piece Of NHL History Might Be Taken By Vegas

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Vegas goalie Adin Hill, as game ends. (Photo from Vegas Golden Knights' Twitter account.)
Vegas goalie Adin Hill, as game ends. (Photo from Vegas Golden Knights' Twitter account)

The Flyers own a cool piece of NHL history that might be wiped out by the upstart Vegas Golden Knights.

It took the Flyers only seven years to go from an expansion team to winning the Stanley Cup. Seven years is the shortest amount of time a start-from-scratch expansion team has won the Cup. The Flyers were the first expansion team to win the Cup.

If Vegas wins the Cup this year — and it holds a 3-1 series lead over Florida — the feat will be accomplished in only six years.

Vegas already holds the NHL record by becoming the first team to reach the Cup finals in its inaugural season, 2017-18. On average, it has taken an expansion team 12 years to reach the Cup finals.

Edmonton joined the NHL in 1979 as part of the World Hockey Association expansion and won the Cup in 1983. But the Oilers arrived to the NHL with a fully intact team, not an expansion one.

Vegas held off the Panthers, 3-2, Saturday night in Game 4 at Florida. Florida trailed 3-0 when a double-doink deflection went off two Golden Knights defenders and into the net. The Panthers charged and threw rubber at the net in the third period but could not score the tying goal.

Game 5 is Tuesday in Las Vegas, a town that knows how to party.

Here is our National Hockey Network’s coverage of Game 4:

Vegas Hockey Now: The final 17 seconds felt like 17 minutes. Tale of two games: Vegas dominated, then hung on. Game ends with a brawl.

Florida Hockey Now: Down 3-1, Panthers say series isn’t over.

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New Jersey Hockey Now: Simon Nemec could fill Damon Severson’s position on Devils’ defense.

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San Jose Hockey Now: Source suggests Sharks looking at Will Smith with fourth overall pick.

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