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Blackhawks weigh which of three Cup teams was best

Players, coach ponder whether 2010, 2013 or 2015 roster would win round robin

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

Editor's note: As part of the NHL's Centennial Celebration, fans can pick the NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup Championship Team by using a unique interactive and digital mobile program.

The 96 NHL teams that have won the Stanley Cup are in the running. LNH.com Senior Managing Editor Arpon Basu asked members of the Chicago Blackhawks' past three championship teams (2010, 2013, 2015) which version would win a round-robin tournament. Make your Greatest Team picks.

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Top 10 Canadiens championship teams

Ranking the best of Montreal's 24 Stanley Cup winners

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Editor's note: Starting Thursday, as part of the NHL's Centennial Celebration, fans can pick the NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup Championship Team by using a unique interactive and digital mobile program.

All 96 NHL teams who have won the Stanley Cup are in the running, including 23 of the 24 Montreal Canadiens teams who have been crowned champions. The process will conclude in June with the top championship winner being named. As it begins, NHL.com Columinst Dave Stubbs, who has been writing about the Canadiens for more than 30 years, ranks all of Montreal's title teams from 1 to 24. Make your Greatest Team picks

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Fans to pick NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup Team

Interactive digital, mobile program featuring all 96 champions begins Thursday

by NHL Public Relations / @PR_NHL

NEW YORK / TORONTO - With the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs ready to get underway tonight, and as part of its Centennial celebration, the National Hockey League announced today that during the six-week period from April 13 - May 25, fans will have the opportunity to select the NHL's Greatest Stanley Cup Team of all-time through a unique, interactive digital and mobile program. The Greatest NHL Teams features all of the NHL's 96 Stanley Cup winners since the League's inaugural season in 1917-18 competing head-to-head, with fans determining the outcome.

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Stanley Cup Champions 2010-2016

Blackhawks win Cup three times; Kings are champs twice

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The Chicago Blackhawks have dominated the 2010s, ending a 49-year drought in 2010 en route to three Stanley Cup championships in a six-year span. The Boston Bruins ended a 39-year dry spell of their own in 2011, and the Los Angeles Kings broke through with the franchise's first Cup title in 2012 and followed with another in 2014. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the most recent Stanley Cup Final in 2016, earning the franchise's fourth championship.

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Stanley Cup Champions 2000-2009

Devils and Red Wings win two Cups each; Ducks win California's first Cup

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The New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings each won two Stanley Cups in the first decade of the new millennium, while Ray Bourque ended his legendary career in 2001 by helping the Colorado Avalanche win the franchise's second championship. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks each won their first titles in three consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2007, as the 2004-05 campaign was lost due to a work stoppage. The Pittsburgh Penguins closed out the decade with their first Cup since 1992, avenging a loss to Detroit in the Final one year earlier.

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Stanley Cup Champions 1990-1999

New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings each end historic droughts

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1990 saw the last gasp of the Edmonton Oilers' dynasty, as they won their fifth championship in seven years. Four years later, the captain of that team, Mark Messier, scored the goal that ended the New York Rangers' 54-year drought, the longest in League history. By the end of an eventful decade, a host of future Hall of Famers had led the Pittsburgh Penguins to two titles, the New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche announced their arrival among the NHL's elite teams with their first Stanley Cup wins and Detroit left the "Dead Things" era behind with consecutive championships, an accomplishment that has yet to be repeated.

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Stanley Cup Champions 1980-1989

New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers dominate decade with four Cups each

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The 1980s began with the emergence of a new League power; the New York Islanders won four straight Stanley Cup titles. New York won an NHL-record 19 consecutive playoff series before reluctantly passing the torch to another budding group of Hall of Famers when it lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the 1984 Final. Edmonton won the Stanley Cup five times in the next seven seasons. The only other franchises to drink from the Cup during the decade were the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames, who traded championships when they faced off in the Final in 1986 and 1989.

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Stanley Cup Champions 1970-1979

Montreal dominates the decade; Bruins, Flyers each win two titles

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Bobby Orr opened the 1970s with one of the NHL's iconic moments, giving the Boston Bruins their first Stanley Cup title in 39 years by scoring a spectacular overtime goal in Game 4 of the Final against the St. Louis Blues. Boston added another title two years later. The Philadelphia Flyers' broke the Original Six's hold on the Cup with back-to-back championships in 1974 and 1975. Just as they had in the two previous decades, however, the Montreal Canadiens were again the dominant franchise in the League, winning Cups in 1971 and 1973 before assembling one of the most talented rosters in NHL history and winning four consecutive championships.

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Stanley Cup Champions 1960-1969

Dominant Canadiens, Leafs own the decade; Black Hawks get a title

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Canadian clubs continued to dominate in the 1960s. The Montreal Canadiens opened the decade with their fifth consecutive Stanley Cup title and added four more, in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. The Toronto Maple Leafs won four championships during the decade, including their most recent Cup win in 1967, to give the two Canadian Original Six franchises a total of 13 titles in 14 seasons. The lone exception was the 1961 Chicago Black Hawks, who won their only Stanley Cup of the Bobby Hull/Stan Mikita era. Chicago's next drink from the Cup wouldn't come for 49 years.

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Stanley Cup Champions 1950-1959

Habs win five titles in eight appearances; Wings win four

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Canada's hold on the Stanley Cup ended in 1950 when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers in a seven-game Final. Pete Babando's backhand goal at 8:31 of the second overtime was the first Cup-winner scored in sudden death of Game 7. The Cup moved back north a year later when the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth championship in five seasons, but the trophy returned to Hockeytown three times in the next four years. Following Detroit's 1955 title, its last until 1997, the Montreal Canadiens began their first great run of dominance, winning the Stanley Cup an unprecedented five consecutive times.

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