Calgary Flames cancel outdoor viewing party because of wintry weather

The Calgary FlamesFans will have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable outdoor viewing party during this long-awaited Battle of Alberta matchup. Edmonton.

Mother Nature had other ideas.

During their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, the Flames were able welcome a crowd of fans outside the Saddledome. Calgary had to cancel its celebrations ahead of Game 2 of their second-round matchup due to parking-lot damage from inclement weather Thursday and further reports about snow, wind, and other poor conditions Friday.

Calgary had previously announced an outdoor Game 3 in Edmonton, but the organization has decided to open the Saddledome for spectators and offer them free access to the big screen.

This may be the last chance for some fans to enter the building this season. For 31 years, the Oilers and Flames have not met in a postseason series. The long-awaited series has pushed the cost of resale tickets up to eight times their face value as of Friday morning. For an upper-level seat, the cheapest tickets were more than $350.

If potential snow squalls mid-May and overpriced assets weren’t enough drama, then there’s also what has been happening so far on ice.

Calgary scored two goals in 51 seconds to open Wednesday's Game 1 and then chased the Oilers' goalie. Mike SmithJust six minutes into the game, Edmonton led 3-0. At one point, the Flames led 5-1 but Edmonton surged back to tie the contest at 6-6. Calgary won 9-6, which was the highest-scoring playoff match between these teams.

Matthew TkachukHe had a hat-trick for the Flames in Game 1 Connor McDavidEdmonton was able to get back in the game with a goal, three assists and a goal. Smith will be returning to Oilers Game 2.

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