BOSTON — Tuukka Rask left the TD Garden ice this morning about 30 seconds before Tim Thomas after the club’s morning skate.
Typically the first goalie off is that night’s starter, but head coach Claude Julien refused to tip his hand some 7 1/2 hours until puck drop on the home-opener against Washington.
“We’ll see at 7 o’clock,” Julien said after the morning skate.
Thomas has started and won the last three games for the Bruins, including Tuesday night’s win over Washington. Julien also confirmed that when it comes time for him to pick a goaltender, Thomas’ surgically repaired hip is no longer a factor. The Bruins had monitored Thomas’ recovering during the preseason.
Rask sounded ready to face the Caps, if he in fact gets the nod.
“Yeah, [I'm rested] as far as games go,” Rask said. “Obviously, the Europe trip was kind of tiring in some parts. But we had a couple days off after that. I’ve just really been working hard every day and nothing has changed really from training camp, so I feel kind of the same.”
•The same four forward lines from Tuesday skated in the morning skate. Expect Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille and Brian McGrattan to again be the healthy scratches based on how much longer they stayed out on the ice for extra work.