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Why so serious?

Well, that was quick. It took a meager 5 games for panic to start setting in with black and gold fans and talking heads. 5 games for people to start calling for the trade of Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara. 5 games for Ryan Spooner to (rightfully) lose the playing time he was gifted right off the bat. It really is impressive how quickly Bruins fans slam their fist down on the big red panic button.

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Sure, a lot has happened in those 5 games that should leave Bruins fans wanting more. We've seen far too much Riley Nash to this point. Kevan Miller looks more like the dreadful 2015-2016 version of himself instead of the solid and steady 2016-2017 version that the team was hoping to rely on. Adam McQuaid would be completely useless if it wasn't so entertaining to watch him destroy opponents in the occasional fight. Ryan Spooner (before injury) has been Ryan Spooner. Opponents have been able to focus on shutting down Brad Marchand with all the injuries the Bruins are dealing with. The defense as a whole has been bad, but Tuukka Rask hasn't done much of anything to help them out. The list of negatives is concerning, for sure.

But lets not pull the plug just yet. Let's remember that the Bruins have been playing without the god amongst men, Patrice Bergeron. And while I'm not a huge David Backes guy, they miss him in the bottom six more than I figured they would. But the positive is that both should be back in short order. Bergeron could return as early as Thursday night against Vancouver. Backes isn't far behind, and may even return at the same time. The only way Rask's play can go is up. Jake DeBrusk has been a bright spot, as has Anders Bjork to a lesser extent. Charlie McAvoy looks like he belongs in the NHL. Players like Forsbacka-Karlsson, Cehlarik, and Agostino have been dynamite in Providence. And when Bergeron returns to the lineup, Marchand's play will elevate.

It's easy to jump at the chance to boo from the rafters at the Garden. It's easy to be the guy that proves how little he understands or grasps the game by saying everyone sucks, trade everyone but Bergeron Marchand and McAvoy. It's easy to jump off the bandwagon when they show some growing pains. Don't be that guy. Don't be Mike Felger.

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