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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 19, 2010 12:57 PM

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Upon the suggestion of reader Tony D., here are the lineups from Game 1 of the regular season and Game 7 of the second round. This should provide a good look at some of the changes the Bruins went through in 2009-10.

First, Game 1, when the Bruins dropped a 4-1 decision to Washington at TD Garden:

Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Marco Sturm
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi
Patrice Bergeron
Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton
Steve Begin
Byron Bitz
Zdeno Chara
Derek Morris
Andrew Ference
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Matt Hunwick
Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Now, Game 7, which the Bruins lost by a 4-3 score to Philadelphia at the Garden after blowing a 3-0 lead:

Blake Wheeler
Patrice Bergeron
Mark Recchi
Milan Lucic
Marc Savard
Miroslav Satan
Daniel Paille
Vladimir Sobotka
Michael Ryder
Steve Begin
Trent Whitfield
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara
Johnny Boychuk
Mark Stuart
Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick
Andrew Ference
Tuukka Rask
Tim Thomas

Some of the major alterations:

* Derek Morris, Chuck Kobasew, and Byron Bitz were shipped out. Daniel Paille was acquired. Miroslav Satan was signed as a free agent.

* Tuukka Rask replaced Tim Thomas as the No. 1 goalie.

* Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi were projected to be a matchup duo who could also provide offense. But because of David Krejci's loss and because Marc Savard had yet to find his offensive touch, the Bruins looked to Bergeron and Recchi for more scoring punch than first expected.

* Johnny Boychuk, after being a healthy scratch early, established himself as a top-four defenseman.

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