Kaberle continues to handicap Bruins

Bruins defenceman Tomas Kaberle skates against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.,...

Bruins defenceman Tomas Kaberle skates against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April 18, 2011. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

Brian Burke was ridiculed for trading those first round draft picks to the Bruins to get Phil Kessel, but it looks like the Maple Leafs GM redeemed himself in his next deal with Boston counterpart Pete Chiarelli.

For defenceman Tomas Kaberle, we remind you, Burke was able to acquire the Bruins' first-round pick in 2011, a conditional pick in 2012 and prospect Joe Colborne, Boston’s first pick in 2008.

The way Kaberle has played since leaving Toronto, a bucket of pucks would have been a good return.

It’s bad enough that he’s been unable to score a goal in the Bruins first 12 playoff games, that he only has three assists and that he has not been the power play spark Boston thought it was getting.

But the soon-to-be-unrestricted free agent has also been a defensive handicap.

Kaberle’s unforced turnover to Ted Purcell capped a first period Boston crumble that saw Tampa score three goals in a 1:25 span.

“You can’t hope for a better start after being off for 10 days,” Lightning sparkplug Marty St. Louis told CBC’s Scott Oake after the game.

Maybe not, but this one was as much a case of the Bruins losing as the Lightning winning.

The hosts were weak defensively and meek offensively. They were gracious to a fault. And Kaberle was the goat at the front of the herd.

Kaberle, whose mistake was not the first that has led to an opponent’s goal this spring, is not just letting the Bruins down. He’s also hurting himself.

The way he’s going, which team is going to open the bank to sign him in the summer?

Starts and stops

Dwayne Roloson is the first 40-plus-year old goalie since Jacques Plante to win eight playoff games in a row. After going 6-13-1 with the Islanders before being traded to Tampa, Roloson has to be thinking he’s living a dream ... For all the objections from Claude Julien, Mark Recchi and the chanting (“bulls---”) crowd, Johnny Boychuk deserved to take the lone penalty in his exchange with Vinny Lecavalier. Come on, you can’t punch a guy in the face and not expect to pay ... Bruins fans must have thought they were watching Bobby Orr all over again the way Brett Clark slipped through and around the Boston skaters to beat Tim Thomas. “That’s the one that killed them,” Don Cherry said of the goal, Tampa’s second in the opening period outburst. Meanwhile, Clark can match Orr’s career numbers if he just scores 227 goals in his next 71 NHL games.

Things I think I think

Derek Boogaard’s last NHL shift ended at 17:29 of the first period in a Dec. 9, 2010 game against the Ottawa Senators. There, he suffered a concussion in a fight with Matt Carkner, and he never did sufficiently recover to play again. In annual polls conducted by QMI Agency, Boogaard was unanimously declared by his peers as the best and toughest fighter in the NHL. Reporters will tell you he was also one of the nicest guys to interview in the league. The Boogey Man will be missed ... With some guys, it’s hard to read their lips. Julien isn’t one of them ... Umm, tell me again why Tyler Seguin has been the Bruins designated sitter until now in the playoffs? “He’s gonna score and it’ll be sensational,” Cherry says he predicted to a Boston radio station a day earlier. He nailed that one ... Heard CBC’s Garry Galley -- a tremendous color commentator, by the way -- say about the Bruins, “at this point you’ve got to be in it to win it.” Wonder if he’s been watching Randy Jackson and American Idol lately.

Back to the point

Seems like a good time to point this out -- Sean Bergenheim, who scored his eighth of the playoffs, only had 14 goals in 80 games during the season and just 10 the previous campaign as an Islander ... Geoff Ward is the assistant coach who “sickened” Cherry with the way he hung over Seguin’s shoulder when, according to Grapes, he knew the cameras were on him. Just naming him now because he was not identified on Coach’s Corner ... What were the Bruins thinking on the bench when falling behind 3-0 in a 1:25 span of the first period, CBC’s Scott Oake asked Seguin. “Everyone was getting pretty motivated,” said the 19-year-old Bruin. “That was a wakeup call.” No, that was a bucket of ice water thrown on your face while you’re in a deep sleep. Wakeup calls are much more polite.

Sweet tweets

"Still in shock over the boogey man. Miss him so much! Such a down to earth, laid back, amazing friend. Thoughts going to the Boogaard family."

- Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto (@MichaelDelZotto)

"Dwayne Roloson swaying back & forth, eyes closed & mumbling to himself while Anthem played. Looked like he was going to ask for spare change"

- Woburn Daily Times Chronicle sportswriter Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs)

"Tyler Seguin has now scored more playoff goals than Phil Kessel in the past two years."

- Rogers Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes)

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