Goaltending an asset in Boston

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins are 2-0 in the two games Tim Thomas has been in net in the early part of the season.

Sure, the Bruins are only three games into the 2010-2011 season, but Thomas has been impressive and has shown no ill effects from offseason hip surgery.

The Bruins practiced at Ristuccia Arena on Monday morning before traveling to Washington D.C. to face the Capitals on Tuesday night, and it’s anyone’s guess who will be in net for the Bruins – Thomas or Tuukka Rask. Given his success in the last two games, Thomas should get the nod. But the Bruins want to carefully manage his playing time in the early going due to his hip.

Rask started the first game of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes and suffered a 5-2 loss in Prague.

Thomas followed that up with a shutout victory against the Coyotes, and he played well again in a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils over the weekend.

“All I can say is, it seems to be a problem, or continues to be a problem, for everybody but us,” Julien said. “As I have mentioned before, [having two No. 1 goalies] is an asset and a great situation to be in. We have two good goaltenders and three games this week, so there’s a real good possibility you’ll see both of them. That’s basically what I’ll leave it at.”

The Bruins will finally play their home opener against the Capitals on Thursday at the Garden.