The playoffs are just about here, and 22 games into his Spoked-B employment, Tomas Kaberle is still working out the kinks. Kaberle, Boston's key acquisition leading up to the Feb. 28 trading deadline, essentially is being deprogrammed from his career-long stay in Toronto, where the style he played wasn't as scripted and defense-oriented that it is here in the Hub under coach Claude Julien.

"I mean, he's been with an organization that played a different type of game,'' said Julien, prior to the Bruins' 3-2 victory over the Islanders last night at the Garden, "especially in the [defensive] zone — a lot of man-to-man, stuff like that — where we play more zone.''

Kaberle has one goal and eight assists in his Boston tenure. When he was acquired from the Leafs, no one thought the now 33-year-old would be a point-making machine. Overall, though, he has been substantially less than advertised, especially on the power play, where his velvety hands were expected to provide a much-needed offensive boost. But the power play has been all but dormant since his arrival, and it's that element of his game that will have to improve if the Bruins have hopes of a long postseason run.