It was the Buffalo Sabres' biggest game of the season.
On the brink of playoff elimination, Ryan Miller and his teammates still had an outside chance, but in order to keep their hopes alive, they needed to defeat the visiting New York Rangers. A win would put them only two points back; a loss and they'd fall an insurmountable six behind. They needed an extraordinary effort.
They didn't get it. If you're wondering where the wheels came off for the Sabres in their 8-4 walloping, I'd suggest, oh, around 18:42 of the first period, when Carl Hagelin scored the first of five goals in just 178 seconds.
If you want to watch the Sabres' season come to an end in under three minutes, here are all five goals in one excruciating clip.