CALGARY – The streets of Calgary were cold and quiet Tuesday night as the Flames were handily defeated in the deciding game seven of their first NHL playoff round series against the San Jose Sharks.
Calgary’s famous 17th Avenue, dubbed “the Red Mile” back in the successful spring of 2004, had almost more police officers present than fans.
Sports bars along the strip were busy and rowdy early, but four goals in a nine-minute stretch during the second period sucked the life out of the crowd.
The weather also helped, with freezing temperatures well below the normals for late April and plenty of snow and ice to chase people inside.
As a result, the scene in Calgary bore no resemblance to Montreal on Monday night, where victory celebrations devolved into street riots where 16 police cruisers were wrecked and 16 people were arrested.
The sum total of the Calgary police efforts were two impaired driving charges laid and no major incidents reported.