Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle joked that it had been so long since he was in the playoffs, he would have to go look at film to refresh his memory.

The last time he suited up for the postseason, in fact, was in 2004, when he played in 13 games for the Maple Leafs. In 77 career playoff games, Kaberle has 28 points, six of them goals. When the Bruins begin their best-of-seven first-round series against the Canadiens tonight at TD Garden, Kaberle will be an important factor in Boston's success.

"Obviously, you play hockey to make it to the playoffs first and then hopefully all the way [to the Stanley Cup],'' said Kaberle, who was dealt to the Bruins from Toronto Feb. 18. "That's what everybody plays hockey for. This is a good chance and I think we have a really good team and we just have to prove it on the ice.''