The Columbus Blue Jackets derailed the Lightning’s historic Stanley Cup run before it could even start. Now that Boston can eliminate the Jackets in Game 6 tonight, Lightning fans should be happy, right? Wait. What? Root for the Bruins? Cheer for the “face-licker” — aka Brad Marchand — and his mates? Shouldn’t Tampa Bay hope Columbus mounts a comeback and proves its first-round wipeout of the Lightning wasn’t a fluke? Or maybe Bolts Nation should just go watch the Rays and wait for next season? We seek convene a roundtable to get answers. Diana C. Nearhos, Lightning beat writer, @dianacnearhos: Sit back and enjoy the wildness that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, it’d be better to root for your team. But when that’s not an option, there’s some fun about enjoying the ride. Root for an all-wild card conference finals. Or root for that player you’ve always respected. Root for the 52-year old franchise that has come close but never won (St. Louis). Root for Joe Thornton to finally win. Change your allegiance partway through a series because of that player who did something great. Because it’s the Cup. Mari Faiello, Times staff writer, @faiello_mari: Tampa Bay fans should without a doubt root for the Blue Jackets. Columbus has played a solid series against the Bruins thus far and it would be far better to see an Eastern Conference Finals series with Carolina and Columbus than Carolina and Boston. Tampa Bay had its chance with a historic season of its own, but fell short of the ultimate goal. It’s Columbus’ time to make its own history in its quest for the Cup. Martin Fennelly, columnist @mjfennelly: The Blue Jackets. Bolts fans should not see Boston winning as justice or revenge. It would be like kissing Marchand. While the bitter sting of defeat still lingers in Tampa, choked off by the Blue Jackets and former Lightning coach John Tortorella, the Bruins are the Lightning’s division rival. While seeing the Blue Jackets fail would probably bring happiness to some spoiled Bolts fans, a potential Bruins Stanley Cup win is not worth the satisfaction. The reality for Lightning fans is there is no winning this spring, even when picking a champion to support amidst the rubble. Rick Stroud, Bucs beat writer @NFLStroud: What they should do is watch the Rays. Take all the money you saved on playoff tickets and support a young team that should be playing in October. Otherwise, they’re going to move and all you will have is a big gap between the end of hockey and the start of football. Now that said, we know hockey fans are going to watch hockey. With envy. With anger. But how could a Tampa Bay fan root for any Boston team? At least Columbus has the coach that brought the Lightning the Stanley Cup. That’s worth something. And finally, doesn’t the Lightning look better if they lose to the Stanley Cup champs? Ernest Hooper, assistant sports editor @hoop4you: I still see Artemi Panarin dancing into the locker room after Columbus swept Tampa Bay like he had just finished a number with Jennifer Lopez. It’s an indelible image, but can the Tampa Bay faithful really find joy in another team shutting down Panarin’s two-step and sending Columbus’ run? I don’t think so. The only antidote for what ails Lightning fans is a successful 2020 run to the cup. Watching Boston beat the Jackets won’t do the trick. Besides, Marchand licks people’s faces. Any endorsement of the “face licker” is unacceptable.