A 'ridiculous circus of a game': Fans revel in Battle of Alberta Game 1 hysteria

Watch all 15 goals scored in the wild first game of the Battle of Alberta matchup between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers.

It was a game 31 years in the making, playing out as though it had been engineered specifically for the Twitter era of hockey fandom.

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers took to the ice, skating under the playoff spotlight, bearing the weight of the Battle of Alberta's playoff legacy — a legacy that, for many of the players, was last added to before they were even born.

On Wednesday night, they had a chance to add their mark to the storied rivalry. On Wednesday night, anything could have happened. On Wednesday night, what happened more than anything, was goals.

Calgary and Edmonton lit the lamp a combined 15 times, with the Flames eking out a 9-6 victory that — in the span of minutes during the game — oscillated between being a sure-thing and a nail-biter.

In the arena, and across the world, fans revelled in the hysteria. Here are the best reactions.

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