Tim Thomas rested, ready for playoffs

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is the reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, and after playing a total of 59 regular-season games in 2011-2012, he says he’s ready for the postseason.

Thomas was one of the main reasons the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, and coach Claude Julien believes his netminder is entering the 2012 playoffs in the right frame of mind.

“I don’t think he’s a tired goaltender,” Julien said. “I think he’s mentioned it, and I don’t see him being tired right now, and I’ve seen Tim tired before, and I see the signs, but he’s certainly not tired. And, if anything, he took the whole week off and avoided him traveling to Ottawa, which gave him even more rest. We’ve got a few days here to work on our game and get ourselves sharpened up, and that includes him.”