The Brian Elliott era is over in Calgary.

So is the Calgary Flames season.

Those facts aren’t mutually exclusive.

Not only did Elliott play a significant role in the Flames loss for the second game in a row, the 32-year-old netminder’s whiff on a soft, weak-angled wrister by Patrick Eaves a mere 5:38 into Wednesday’s series-ending game also put an abrupt end to any chance the Flames can put any more faith in him.

Or money.

That point was hammered home seconds later when coach Glen Gulutzan replaced Elliott with Chad Johnson, leading to one of the longest skates to the bench in Elliott’s career.

Surely his last as a Flame.

Immediately plopping himself down at the end of the bench, a stunned Elliott left his mask and gloves on the rest of the period.

You couldn’t help but feel bad for him.

He returned for the second wearing a ball cap, looking no less dejected.

"It’s tough to swallow, especially in an elimination game," said a soft-spoken Elliott, who deserves full marks for facing the media afterwards.

"It’s not how you imagine things happening."

It's a horrible end to a rocky relationship with Calgary hockey fans who only started to warm up to him the latter half of the season following a horrific start.

Prior to the playoffs it seemed likely the Flames would at least entertain the notion of re-signing the unrestricted free agent long term.