Carolina Hurricanes defeat Boston Bruins, 3-2

Winter, so generously extended into May, has come to a close.

With a bat of his stick in overtime last night at TD Banknorth Garden, Carolina forward Scott Walker triggered the start of a final ice melt that came late this season. Not as late as the Bruins were hoping.

For the first time in recent Black-and-Gold memory, the Bruins had the blueprint - ace goalie, stud defenseman, four lines of rough and rugged attack - that hinted at hockey extending into June, that m...