It ended in a whimper.
After the season they had, it was probably appropriate.
Outshot 29-23, the Calgary Flames lost 3-0 in Los Angeles on Monday, officially eliminating them from the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was their sixth loss in a row.
The wheels came off ever since Mike Smith went down with an injury, and the team never recovered – even once he returned to the lineup. The Flames went 6-13-2 since February 13 – a collapse of incredible proportions.
The Travis Hamonic trade looks like a potential disaster, as the first round draft pick they gave up to get him is now a lottery pick for the Islanders.
Glen Gulutzan, who had two famous meltdowns at practice this year, is on the hot seat.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Calgary was supposed to have one of the best bluelines in the league. Combined with talent up front and stability in goal, most had the Flames pegged as a playoff team.
So when it came to an end – officially – Flames fans were understandably upset.
The Flames losing this game 3-0 might have been the most predictable result of the season. #flames
— Jeff Reich (@BrewFlame) March 27, 2018
If you had any questions about the #Flames willingness to go down swinging, it was answered tonight.
The team lacks leadership, heart and a coaching staff that cares.
— Aimless Wanderer (@NapsAndSarcasm) March 27, 2018
The #Flames tank job would be epic if they owned their first round pick. Now it’s just a disaster.
— Troy Gillard (@Troy_Gillard) March 27, 2018
The pain is finally over. Good God, what a season for #CofRed
I am not excited for #Flames off season for the 1st time EVER as a fan. Future is up in the air.
— Sheryar (@closetothegame) March 27, 2018
I was just shut down for the season. #CofRed
— Martin Hudson (@GetMartinized) March 27, 2018
— DWL (@DWL_09) March 27, 2018
My favourite hockey team next year?
— Flames Prophecy (@1MoreFlamesFan) March 27, 2018
— e – Matchsticks&Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 27, 2018