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Grzelcyk-McAvoy pairing impresses & more takeaways from Bruins’ OT loss to Blackhawks

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For the second time in three games, the Bruins came up short in overtime — as Boston fell to the Blackhawks, 3-2, Saturday night at the United Center. Patrick Kane ended the preseason contest with a tally at 3:04 in the extra period. For reference, here was the Bruins’ lineup for the matchup:

Bjork-Lindholm-Ritchie
Carey-Steen-Fitzgerald
Lauko-Frederic-Kuhlman
Gaunce-Shen-Cehlarik

Grzelcyk-McAvoy
Zboril-Carlo
Sherman-Kampfer

Lagace
Keyser

Here are three takeaways from Saturday's loss: 

Bruins blue-line regulars shake off rust

While Bruce Cassidy and his staff once again rolled out a JV squad for Saturday’s matchup, the blue line did feature a couple of familiar faces — with regulars in Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Matt Grzelcyk all taking to the ice over in Chicago. 

Given the fact that both McAvoy and Carlo are less than a week into a training camp (due to the late resolutions to their contract situations) and Grzelcyk was a bit behind the main group because of a lingering lower-body injury, a bit of rust was to be expected for all three skaters on Saturday.

But as the contest progressed,