Here's the way I see it...
What's the worst thing that could happen?
They get swept by the first place team. I'll admit, that hurts. But whatever... they made the playoffs in a year where nobody expected anything out of them. Their young guys get some valuable NHL playoff experience, and maybe certain vets will be inspired to take another run at it, after such a good year.
What's the best thing that could happen?
The go on a miraculous run, and bring home the cup. I think we're mostly in agreement that it really would take a miracle.
What's something that actually could happen?
They pull one(4) out and pick off the first seed. Now, I'm certainly not saying they didn't have a chance against the Bruins, because I thought that they would give Boston a run for their money, and put on a great series. But let's face it; we stack up better against the Rags. This is probably what many of us were secretly hoping for. If you think a one-and-done would be good for experience, then just think what it would mean for these guys to actually win a series as overwhelming underdogs against the conference leaders. It would be amazing.
The only thing that bothers me is that I'm surrounded by Leaf fans who are going to say they threw the last three games in order to dodge Boston. I don't think they did that at all, and it's insulting to hear, but I'm used to the abuse from Leaf Fans and no matter what, they still haven't made the playoffs for seven years. That usually shuts them up. Personally, I think that if the Sens were trying to sink, then Spezza would've been on a miniature parental leave, and Karlsson would have had the flu. You know, something a little more obvious... like, say, leaving your three best players at home or having the best goalie in the league let in the first two shots of a game.
I don't want to piss off the Hockey Gods, so now is probably a good time to say that no matter what happens, I really am just happy for them to make the playoffs. It never hurts to be an underdog, and anything can happen once you're in. Cliché I know, but true.
No matter what happens from here on out, there's no way I can consider this season a failure.
GO SENS GO!
p.s. sorry for the ramble, but I had a couple drinks to celebrate making it through another crazy Easter at our store.