BOSTON — Tim Thomas stopped him in the All-Star practice and the elimination shootout Saturday in Montreal, so when Washington Capitals super sniper Alexander Ovechkin came out to his team’s bench this morning while the Boston Bruins were getting ready for their morning skate, I thought he came out to talk some trash to the Bruins’ netminder.

But in fact the league’s leading goal-scorer just wanted to let Thomas know how the rest of his weekend went.

Thomas’ went swimmingly, including the victory in the actual All-Star Game. And then the goaltender got some rest — “as much as I could,” he said — Monday. Now it’s back to business for the Bruins’ top netminder. And he doesn’t anticipate having any problem switching from friend to foe against the NHL’s best, including Ovechkin, who he got to know better during the All-Star weekend.

“I think it will change as soon as they start trying to score on me,” he said.

“During the game, when you’re playing the game, I don’t actually talk to the guys on the other team all that much,” he continued. “If I do, it’s not usually something nice.”