There's still not a lot of slack in the rope that's been given to Tomas Kaberle. In the Bruins' 2-0 Game 3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the defenseman played 12:41, only 9:25 while the Bruins were 5-on-5.

But Kaberle, who struggled since coming to the Bruins just prior to the trade deadline, looked much better and more comfortable with the puck than he has in a long while. He had three blocked shots, threw a hit and had a takeaway. He also had no giveaways.

Coach Claude Julien believes he's improving.

"Well, I think he's played really well in the last couple of games. We had a conversation about maybe taking some pressure off of his shoulders about everything that wasn't going right about the power play," said Julien. "The fingers kept pointing at him, and he's more than just that. He's a good puck mover and he can play a pretty good game when he's on top of it. We have confidence in him, and I told him that I know that he can certainly help us. I think he's relaxed a little bit, which has given him some confidence in his game.