Boston Bruins defeat Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2

The Bruins are in the playoffs, but we don’t know whom they’ll oppose in the first round.

With Montreal’s overtime loss last night, the Bruins clinched the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. It remains unknown whether Game 1 is Wednesday or Thursday. We’re pretty sure, but not positive, that Tuukka Rask will start in the Boston net. Mayor Menino’s office, at last report, had not yet positioned a Duck Boat flotilla for an early June Stanley Cup parade.

But amid all th...

This is hockey, not baseball, so any spraying of champagne or smoking of cigars upon clinching a playoff spot would be considered most uncouth. But considering how checkered the 2009-10 season has been for the Bruins, there might have been a few celebratory sips on the charter to Washington after yesterday’s 4-2 playoff-clinching win over Carolina at TD Garden.

The Bruins, pegged to be Stanley Cup chasers upon the eve of the season, plunged as far as 12th in the Eastern...