What is your motivation for following this team? Not, "why are you a fan of the team from Boston", but "what is your overall goal of following this team"? What do you want from them?
I think for some fans, nothing less than a Cup parade will do. For me, well, I am a Bruins fan because I love the game of hockey. I watch the games because I love the game of hockey. I don't expect them to win the Cup. I never do. Of course I hope they will, but I also hope that gas prices will come down to a reasonable amount. Sure, it's possible, but not probably.
If they get out of the first round, I'll honestly be satisfied. Just getting into the playoffs puts them in a more desireable situation than half the teams in the league. Getting to the second round puts them in the Top 8. I'm good with that. Honestly. I know how difficult it is for a team to win the Cup, but it also takes luck. A lot of it. Matchups have to be right. Bounces have to right. Unsung heros have to emerge. Get to the second round and I'm honestly happy.
It has been a fun season. Rask has been great. Marchand has really emerged. Hamilton is looking like the real deal. Jaromir Jagr is in town. The Yeti has arrived.
It has been a frustrating season. Lucic's struggles. Chris Bourque. Jordan Caron. Pandopho.
Overall, it's a been a hockey season, and one that I'm glad I watched. If the B's get booted in the first round, oh well. I hope they don't, but if they do, OH WELL. It was still a fun season.
So, what is your endgame? What's your motivation for following this team?