After finally getting home in the wee small hours of Thursday morning, sleep, understandably, was difficult in arriving for Brad Treliving.
So he trooped outside for a long, 3 a.m. walk with the family's golden retriever, Maddy, for company.
"It's true what they say about dogs being man's best friend,'' he reports.
"It was a three-beer walk. By that, I mean I took three beer with me and they were empty by the time I got back."
A playoff loss can do that a fella.
"It's still pretty raw,'' admits the Flames' general manager. "You go through all the stages. Denial. Grieving. The difficulty with the playoffs is it just … ends.
"Like running a 100-yard dash in an 80-yard gym.
"Suddenly, you just hit a wall."