As if it wasn’t shocking enough that the Tampa Bay Lightning are out of the playoffs, they’ll now be joined by the NHL’s other conference champion. After winning Game 1, the West-winning Calgary Flames have lost four straight to the Colorado Avalanche, who will be moving on to the next round.
That marks a NHL first: The first time that the best teams in each conference has been eliminated in the first round.
Here’s what the hockey world was saying.
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I hope the management team doesn’t overreact to a tough loss. Stick with the same group with minor tweaks and see what happens next season. What a great season it was. #Flames— Flames Tracker (@TrackerFlames) April 20, 2019
If the Flames lose to Colorado tonight, Calgary only twice would have gotten out of the first round in their last 14 playoff appearances since winning the Cup in ‘89 (Cup Finals in ‘04 and 2nd round in ‘15). pic.twitter.com/0GXCaRlD7W— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) April 20, 2019
Lightning and Flames fans: "Man I can't wait for the 04 Cup Final rematch"— Fitz (@FitzGSN_) April 20, 2019
The Blue Jackets and Avalanche: pic.twitter.com/X9PKK1S3IU
Wonder what the Vegas odds were that Makar would have more playoff goals than Gaudreau #COLvsCGY— Shawn Yeager (@tightloop57) April 20, 2019
Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning after getting eliminated in the first round pic.twitter.com/4hDa3zsMkA— Matt Shortle (@compSciMatt1002) April 20, 2019
Calgary Flames have now been eliminated in the first round in 12 of their last 14 trips to the #stanleycup playoffs— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) April 20, 2019
You, coming from the future: "I have come from the future! Would you like me to give you a hint of what is to come for the Flames in the playoffs?"— Leah Kessel (@leahflame) April 20, 2019
Me, in March: "Sure!"
You: "The Flames will have more playoff wins than the Lightning!"
Me: "Wow, they must be Cup champions!"
Flames fans trashed the Oilers all season. Bragged non stop about how dominant their team is and how brutal Edmonton was. Yes the Oilers weren’t good, but this is our time to say....— VisuallyBetter (@Isuckatpicking) April 20, 2019
You blew it. Another garbage playoff performance. Enjoy your failure. You deserve it. pic.twitter.com/m3qIUOOUlR
I never want to hear a Gaudreau comparison to MacKinnon ever again. There is no comparison.— AvsTweets (@COAvalancheTwit) April 20, 2019
Gaudreau is FINE. Ppl talking about him not being a playoff guy is stupidity— RaYrAy (@flamesfever) April 20, 2019
By the way his PPG in playoffs is same as McDavids, so is 97 not a playoff guy too 🤷🏻♂️
Is Calgary the kinda town that is going to run Gaudreau out of the city after this.— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) April 20, 2019
the flames showing up to an elimination game pic.twitter.com/08tVoVjNBJ— i miss dougie hamilton (@RaminaShlah) April 20, 2019
The #1 seed Calgary Flames playoff summary: pic.twitter.com/2nQRflIzsW— ☘️🏒SPR 🏒☘️ (@TheOilKnight) April 20, 2019