Carolina Hurricanes defeat Minnesota Wild, 5-4

RALEIGH, N.C. - You've got to hand it to Carolina's "Caniacs." Given nothing to cheer about all season, the diehards still arrived early on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for some NHL-style tailgating unique to Carolina Hurricanes fans.

One fanatic, probably aware the road-weak Wild was the opponent, even waved a sign: "The winning streak starts today."

As the "Caniac" predicted hours before a 5-4 shootout victory, the Hurricanes were jumping for joy like they had won ...