Thursday night was a rough time to be a Calgary Flames fan.
Taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Saddledome, no sea of red was going to stop them from drowning in their worst home-ice defeat in decades.
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By the time the clock wound down to finish out the third period, the Flames had been doused by a margin of 9-1.
Flames fans were hopeful heading into the game, and rightfully so, as their team was sitting at a respectable 5-4-0 for the fresh new season, with the Penguins at 4-1-2.
Sidney Crosby opened the scoring less than five minutes into the first period, and it was basically all downhill from there.
It seems the Flames didn’t rally around the scathing words of Matthew Tkachuk, who blasted his team’s effort after their last game in Montreal.
“We’re going to be better though next game. That’s for sure,” he said.
Though the Flames actually outshot Pittsburgh 39-36, the margin of defeat was their worst at home in nearly 18 years.
#Flames suffer their worst margin of defeat at home since an 8-0 loss to San Jose on Dec 4, 2000
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) October 26, 2018
Flames fans and media were unsurprisingly disappointed in the savage beating and stated so throughout (and after) the downward-spiralling game.
— Kristen Anderson (@KdotAnderson) October 26, 2018
Calgary Flames currently……………… pic.twitter.com/yksMkNf9Ee
— Roy Kukuk (@roosterou812) October 26, 2018
The Calgary Flames: Where Goalies Come To Die
— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) October 26, 2018
— Tyler Nisbet (@Nizzy_2) October 26, 2018
Is there a mercy rule in the NHL? Asking for a Calgary Flames.
— Bald (like a 💀) Mike (@BaldMikeS) October 26, 2018
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— Kirsten Alyssa (@_kirstenalyssa) October 26, 2018
— Tom Bellweed (@TomBellweed) October 26, 2018
The Calgary Flames out shot, out hit, won more draws, and had more power plays than the Penguins, but still lost 9-1….. In Calgary
— Jesse Leitch (@jleitch15) October 26, 2018
The Calgary Flames defensive system: pic.twitter.com/ucasUNamaa
— Josh Skapin (@scribeskapin) October 26, 2018
someone pointed out the flames fan body checking the Pens fan and now I can’t stop watching this https://t.co/IG0Hi7fy3q
— Bailee Grunstra (@Bailee_Grunstra) October 26, 2018
— Kevin Smith (@Global_Smith) October 26, 2018
#Flames suffer their worst home-ice defeat in over 20 years. Lost 10-1 to the Oilers on Nov. 26, 1996.
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) October 26, 2018
Even the Flames’ official Twitter account had a sense of humour about the loss:
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 26, 2018