This wasn't how things were supposed to end for the Vancouver Canucks, not after spending an entire season waiting for another shot at the playoffs.
They spent 10 months trying to get over the sting of coming so agonizingly close to the Stanley Cup, rejigging their team to prepare for another long playoff run in the hopes of coming up with the one extra win they couldn't secure last summer.
Instead their playoff ended with just one win, and a season of promise is over in the first round, leaving the Canucks to console themselves with a second straight Presidents' Trophy that will feel even more hollow this year.
"To be honest, it doesn't matter if you lose the seventh game of the Finals or you lose in five in the first round, it's devastating," Daniel Sedin said. "We have the mindset to win every year. When you end up on the losing side, it's tough."
In a city and organization expecting more -- a lot more -- the fallout could be even tougher this summer. The armchair quarterback analysis started as soon as the season ended, and will continue until the puck drops on the next one, but here are the five biggest reasons Vancouver's playoffs are over after just five games: