BOSTON – Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien has long insisted he has two No. 1 goalies.

Only now is Tuukka Rask getting the chance to prove it.

Appearing in his second straight game, Rask stopped 41 shots for his first shutout of the season on Tuesday night while leading the Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Brad Marchand scored twice as Boston played without top defenseman Zdeno Chara and top goalie Tim Thomas.

“It’s something every team wishes they had, that luxury with two guys. And we have that,” Julien said after giving Thomas the night off to rest him for tonight’s game in Ottawa. “Whenever called upon, Tuukka made big saves.”

Rich Peverley also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who won for the 16th time in 19 games despite playing without Chara because he injured his left knee in Saturday’s game in Columbus.

Julien said Chara would make the trip to Ottawa for tonight’s game.

Rask spent last season as the backup for Thomas, who won the Vezina and the Conn Smythe Trophies while playing every minute of Boston’s postseason run to the title. Rask was playing a little less than once a week before relieving Thomas on Saturday night after he allowed three goals in the first two periods against Columbus.

Rask shut out the Blue Jackets the rest of the way, then extended his scoreless streak to 95 minutes, 10 seconds on Tuesday with his first shutout since March 1.