The NHL may be itching to get back on the ice, but until it’s safe to do so, old hockey games are what we’ve got to work with. Thankfully, NHL Network is rebooting their Franchise Classics series, replaying the biggest games in each team’s history.
Whether you’re a new fan looking to learn some Ducks history (though referring to the aughts as “history” makes me feel old) or an existing fan looking to take a stroll down memory lane, NHL Network has scheduled a full day of Ducks playoff classics for you.
Though they’ll only be broadcasting Ducks wins, the day is structured in a way that shows the climb it takes for a team to earn that first Stanley Cup — even if in reality, it happened a bit out of order.
Starting with Game 5 of the 2007 Western Conference Final, we’ll then see the Ducks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final four years earlier — a series they went on to eventually lose. The day will end with franchise’s first every Stanley Cup Championship, won in Game 5 against the Ottawa Senators in 2007.
Here’s the full schedule (all times are Pacific):
Ducks Franchise Classics on NHL Network, May 20
- 11:00 a.m. – Anaheim Ducks at Detroit Red Wings, May 20, 2007 – 13-year anniversary of the 2007 Western Conference Final Game 5, the second game of the series to go to overtime.
- 1:00 p.m. – New Jersey Devils at Anaheim Ducks, June 7, 2003 – The Ducks win Game 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final to force a decisive Game 7.
- 3:00 p.m. – Ottawa Senators at Anaheim Ducks, June 6, 2007 – Anaheim wins Game 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, for the franchise’s first championship.
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