The Iginla Era is over.
The home winning streak is now history, too.
Heading into Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Calgary Flames had won eight-consecutive contests on Saddledome ice.
Then again, they just traded their face-of-the-franchise and all-time scoring leader Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and neither the players or fans seemed to be able to muster much emotion until the third period in a battle between a team that seems stuck in an eternal rebuild and one that seems to be finally ready to embrace one.
In fact, the loudest cheers Friday came during a first-period TV timeout, with a video tribute to Iginla bringing the fans out of their seats for a standing ovation.
Despite saying all the right things after the morning skate, the Flames certainly looked like a team that had lost their heart-and-soul.