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How to watch Unrivaled: TV channel, live stream for ESPN's E:60 documentary on Red Wings vs. Avalanche

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6/27/2022 Bryan Murphy

Sakic. Shanahan. Roy. Yzerman. Forsberg. McCarty.

If you're a hockey fan, you should know about the bitter rivalry between the Red Wings and the Avalanche between the late '90s and early '00s. And if you don't, well buckle in. 

ESPN is soon going to air its newest E60 documentary titled, "Unrivaled", detailing the feud between the two then-Western Conference foes.

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It wasn't just about two strong organizations that were constantly competing to go to the finals. No, it was about two clubs that straight-up hated each other.

While the Red Wings aren't in the playoffs, the documentary is coming out at a perfect time for Avalanche fans, who can witness the previous Avs teams that won Cups in 1996 and 2001 in the documentary while watching the 2022 Avalanche go on a Cup run themselves. 

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Here is what you need to know to watch ESPN's "Unrivaled". 

When does "Unrivaled" air?

  • Date: Sunday, June 26
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

We now have a date and time for the first airing of the highly anticipated Unrivaled E:60 documentary. The first airing will be Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m. ET.

ESPN's John Buccigross tweeted that the documentary will be shown on Sunday, June 26, breaking the news — an ESPN press release later confirmed it.

The E60 doc will re-air a number of times throughout the week and can be found on ESPN+. 

Here are the scheduled re-airs of Unrivaled:

E60: 'Unrivaled' re-airs on ESPN
Date Time Channel
Sunday, June 26 4 p.m.  ESPN2, ESPN+
Monday, June 27 8 p.m. ESPN2
Wednesday, June 29 2 a.m. ESPN2
Thursday, June 30 9 p.m. ESPN

*All times ET

How to watch, live stream "Unrivaled" on ESPN

  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN+

ESPN will air the documentary live at some point during the Stanley Cup Final. 

The documentary also will be available for viewers on ESPN+ to view, in addition to other ESPN documentary series. 

"Unrivaled" preview

There has been no fiercer rivalry in the NHL's history than the one between the Red Wings and the Avalanche in the late '90s and early 2000s. 

The two were powerhouse Western Conference foes for a number of years, but the clubs became forever connected with one hit during the 1996 playoffs. 

As the puck was coming up along the benches during Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, Avalanche forward Claude Lemieux hit Red Wings Kris Draper from the back, smashing his face into the dasher. 

The Avs won the game and clinched the series, but that hit started the bad blood between the two. Lemieux was suspended two games by the NHL and Draper was diagnosed with a concussion, broken jaw, broken nose and broken cheekbone. It led to surgery on Draper's face and he had his jaw wired shut for weeks.

That wasn't the end. While the first three contests of the 1996-97 season were civil, the fourth had one of the biggest brawls in history. 

A fight between Avs' Brent Severyn and Red Wings' Jamie Pushor in the second period started an all-out brawl on March 26, 1997. Detroit's Darren McCarty took the opportunity to sucker-punch Lemieux in revenge for the hit on Draper, landing multiple blows as Lemieux turtled to the ground. 

Avs goalie Patrick Roy went out to defend his teammate, but eventually wound up going toe-to-toe with Red Wings goalie Mike Vernon. Five more fights would occur in that period alone. 

There would be more incidents between the two sides for multiple years, including a screaming match between Avalanche coach Marc Crawford and Wings coach Scotty Bowman in the 1997 playoffs and a Roy fight with Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood in 1998. 

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