Thomas/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Right now, Bruins head coach Claude Julien isn’t foolish enough to stop riding the hot hand of Tim Thomas.

And tonight the veteran netminder rewarded the bench boss’s faith with a 38-save victory over the Washington Capitals in Boston’s home-opener.

“You know when a goaltender’s in the zone, you want to ride him,” said Julien about giving the nod to Thomas over Tuukka Rask. “And I think the way he played [Tuesday] night in Washington, coming back with him was important because they knew what they were going to face. He didn’t give them much in [D.C.] and I thought maybe mentally it was giving us an edge also. And he proved us right tonight. He was outstanding tonight.”

Here’s what Thomas, who has now won four in a row, had to say about his performance:

Boston is back in action Saturday against the New York Rangers. Will Julien stick with Thomas or give Rask his first start since opening day?

“We’ll see,” said the the coach.