NHL: 3 greatest NHL dynasties of all time

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Jun 24, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Kings former player Luc Robitaille, left, poses with current Kings players Dustin Brown, center, and Anze Kopitar, and the Kings mascot “Bailey,” while holding the Stanley Cup on the red carpet of the 2014 NHL Awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

NHL dynasties seem to be a thing of the past. An NHL team has not won back to back Stanley Cups since the 1997/1998 Detroit Red Wings. In the post 2004-05 lockout NHL, repeating as a Stanley Cup champion has been next to impossible, mostly due to the parity afforded by the salary cap.

Ever since the Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup championship in three years and the Chicago Blackhawks accomplished the same feat in 2010 / 2013, the word dynasty has been thrown around in both cases. When examining the true dynasties throughout NHL history, it becomes clear that calling either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Los Angeles Kings a dynasty is a misnomer. The fact that we can declare two teams a dynasty in the same five year span should be a clear indication that these two franchises are nowhere near as dominant as the other legitimate dynasties that dominated their respective eras of hockey. With that, here are the top three dynasties in NHL history.

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