Bruins keeping stars home from Ottawa trip
Chara, Bergeron, Thomas stay home
WILMINGTON - With two games left in the regular season and the Bruins locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, coach Claude Julien must decide whether he wants his team to tiptoe up to the finish line, leaving some top players sitting out in favor of a rest day, or sprint full-speed ahead, with a playoff-ready roster. He might do both. “At this stage, we’ve got to look at it day by day,’’ Julien said yesterday after the Bruins’ practice at Ristuccia Arena. The Bruins traveled to Ottawa for the penultimate game of the season tonight against the team likely to be their first-round playoff opponent, leaving behind injured defenseman Johnny Boychuk along with three of the team’s stalwarts: goalie Tim Thomas, defenseman Zdeno Chara, and forward Patrice Bergeron, all healthy and all told to take a rest day. Goalies Marty Turco and Antonin Khudobin made the trip, with Khudobin likely to get the start.