Talk of Blackhawks dynasty gaining steam

Chicago's Stanley Cup victory on Monday night was its third in six years. Is it enough to be considered a dynasty and worthy of a place alongside Montreal and New York Islanders who won four straight Cups in the 1970s and '80s, respectively?

Are they in same group as 1970s Canadiens, '80s Islanders?

The Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup after defeating Tampa Bay 2-0 in Game 6 Monday night in Chicago. With their third championship in six years, the Blackhawks are drawing comparisons to the Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s and New York Islanders of the '80s, teams that won four consecutive titles. Are these Hawks a dynasty or, perhaps, a redefined dynasty, given the NHL now operates under a salary cap? (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks' Game 6 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night was more than just their first Stanley Cup-clinching victory on home ice since 1938.

It represented their third NHL championship in six years, the first time that has been accomplished since Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan hoisted the Cup in 2002 following back-to-back titles in 1997 and '98.

For some, Chicago's accomplishment puts them in the same company as the Montreal Canadiens of the late 1970s and New York Islanders of the early '80s.

Those teams won four consecutive championships and were considered dynasties of their era, an era devoid of a league salary cap.

This is where the debate begins.

Is winning three championships in a six-year period enough to be a dynasty, given the fact the salary cap precludes teams from keeping a group of high-salaried players and those coming off career seasons for a long period?

Let's say the Los Angeles Kings win the Cup next spring, making it three titles in five years? Are they a dynasty? But they didn't even make the playoffs this year? Does that matter?

While many believe the NHL will never see a return of the traditional dynasty with a team winning champions for at least three consecutive years, are the Blackhawks an example of a redefined dynasty?

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