If the result of the game was the same no matter what, would you rather Tim Thomas have more periods like the first and second period Thursday, or like the third period and overtime? 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid suffered a cut above his right eye on a from behind by Jason Chimera of the Capitals in the first period of Thursday night's game and did not return to the game.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game that McQuaid was "not feeling quite right" after the hit, but that he did not feel Chimera intended to injure the Bruins defenseman.  

Brooks Laich beat Tim Thomas in the fourth round of the shootout with a backhander top shelf, lifting the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden. The loss prevented the Bruins from clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but allowed the Bruins to move six points ahead of idle Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division and the No. 2 seed in the conference.  

Dennis Seidenberg was the only Bruin missing from morning skate Thursday, and he'll miss his first game of the season when the B's host the Capitals Thursday night at TD Garden. 

Seidenberg will be kept out of the lineup with an infected cut. The blueliner suffered the cut Saturday against the Kings, and after getting it stitched up played Sunday and Tuesday prior to it becoming infected.  

WILMINGTON -- Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask told ESPNBoston and other outlets Wednesday that his recovery from an abdominal strain/groin strain is going well and that he hopes to be ready for the postseason. 

“I want to be back as soon as possible,” Rask said. “The playoffs was, and is, the goal.”

WILMINGTON -- Being a healthy scratch is nothing new to Daniel Paille. It's just been a while. 

Tuesday’s win over the Lightning gave the Bruins three consecutive wins after failing to do so in their previous 41 games.  

On a night the Bruins honored Zdeno Chara for passing the 1,000-game plateau in his NHL career, the captain matched a career-high with three assists as Boston beat the Lightning, 5-2, Tuesday at TD Garden. Benoit Pouliot scored into wide open net with 8:26 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and give the Bruins a vital two points, pushing them five points ahead of second-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division.

The Bruins kept their same lines from Sunday night's game when they took the ice for Tuesday's morning skate, and after the skate coach Claude Julien said that the team probably will go with the same lineup vs. the Lightning.

"More than likely we're looking at the same lineup," Julien said.

That would mean that Daniel Paille will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. Jordan Caron is expected to remain on the Merlot Line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.

The Bruins received excellent news Sunday night when Rich Peverley finally made his return from a right knee sprain.