Thomas rested and ready

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas says he well rested and ready for the team’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup against the Washington Capitals, which begins with Game 1 on Thursday at TD Garden.

The reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe winner, Thomas played all 25 playoff games last season and knows what to expect. Bruins coach Claude Julien gave Thomas an extended rest last week before he played in the season finale against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. In fact, when the Bruins traveled to Ottawa last week, Thomas, along with teammates Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, stayed in Boston.