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Flames on verge of road record

Updated: May 26, 2004, 8:14 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | Special to ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- There is no more hockey-crazed city than Calgary.

For the first time since 1996, the Flames are in the playoffs. When games are on, streets are empty. Bars overflow. Families are glued to TV sets in living rooms and basements. Every car has banners flying, children sport symbolic red afros, and the Saddledome is jam-packed with fans in giveaway red T-shirts, creating a visually arresting sea of scarlet.

But the overwhelming show of support may just be overwhelming ...

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