Biggest Game in Franchise History Series

UPDATED 2021

Welcome to Last Word on Hockey’s Biggest Game in Franchise History series. On this page, you will find what we feel is the biggest game in franchise history.  We analyzed many criteria such as the lead-up to the game, what happened during the game, the outcome, and then examine what makes it our choice for the biggest game in franchise history. This does not automatically mean it resulted in a win, either. Sometimes, it can be a loss that set the franchise back massively. Sit back and enjoy as we break down all 31 teams’ most important game.

Click on each team name to see their franchise history article.

Biggest Game in NHL Franchise History Series

Anaheim Ducks Game 5 of the 2007 Western Conference Final; by Joe DeClara
Arizona Coyotes Game 4 of the 2012 Western Conference Final;  by Bill Grigsby
Boston Bruins Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final; by Tyger Allen
Buffalo Sabres Game 4 of the 1993 Adams Division Semi-Final; by Josh Erickson
Calgary Flames Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Final; by Dan Mount
Carolina Hurricanes Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final; by Josh Erickson
Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 of 2013 Western Conference Semi-Final; by Bryan Oakley
Colorado Avalanche Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final; by Doug Winkey
Columbus Blue Jackets Game 4 of the 2019 First Round; by Andrew Allison
Dallas Stars Game 6 of the 1999 Stanley Cup Final; by Joe DeClara

Detroit Red Wings Game 4 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final; by Dan Mount
Edmonton Oilers Game 5 of the 1984 Stanley Cup Final; by C.P. Ching
Florida Panthers Game 7 of the 1996 Eastern Conference Final; by Rob Brent
Los Angeles Kings Game 7 of the 2014 Western Conference Final; by Filip Canda
Minnesota Wild Game 7 of the 2003 Western Quarter-Final; by Rose St. Louis
Montreal Canadiens Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup Semi-Final; by Rob Brent
Nashville Predators Game 6 of the 2017 Western Conference Final; by Dan Mount
New Jersey Devils Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final; by Jim Biringer
New York Islanders Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final; by Jim Biringer
New York Rangers Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Final; by Rob Brent

Ottawa Senators Game 7 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinal; by Rose St. Louis
Philadelphia Flyers Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final; by Rose St. Louis
Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final; by Hunter Hodies
St. Louis Blues Game 7 of the 2019 Stanely Cup Final; by Gabriel Foley
San Jose Sharks Game 7 of the 2019 Western Conference Quarterfinal; by Josh Erickson
Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final; by Filip Canda
Toronto Maple Leafs Game 6 of the 1967 Stanley Cup Final; by Christian Holmes
Vancouver Canucks Game 7 of the 2011 Western Quarterfinal; by McKenzie Guardiero
Vegas Golden Knights Game 5 of the 2018 Western Conference Final; by Oscar Elieff
Washington Capitals Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Semifinal; by Colton Osmond
Winnipeg Jets Game Game 5 of the 2018 Western Quarterfinal; by Jim Biringer