BOSTON — If it makes the Boston Bruins’ 3-2 loss to Carolina tonight any less painful, overtime goal-scoring hero and Game 5 sucker-punch distributor Scott Walker had this to say about the postgame handshake and his regret for his actions near the end of the Bruins’ Game 5 win.

“They were classy. Obviously, I apologized for it again,” said Walker, who ended the game and the series by batting home a rebound with 1:14 left in the first extra session. “I can’t say anything more than I am sorry. It was something that happened really quick. I am not going to beat it to death. I said what I said to him out there. I apologized. They were classy and they all shook my hand. They are a great team. They have great goaltending, size and skill. They have everything.”

Now Walker knows what it’s like to  score a player-series clincher.

“You can’t imagine,” he said. “It is the greatest thing I have ever been through hockey-wise. I can’t even explain it in words.

Head coach Paul Maurice was better able to explain what it meant to get a game-winner from Walker, a guy who scored just five goals in the regular season and hadn’t lit the lamp yet in the playoffs.

“It’s so far beyond what I can explain to you because you guys are looking at that event (the punch) as that is  who Scott Walker is,” said the bench boss. “But there is so much more to this man and what he means to our locker room, and there’s so much adversity that he’s faced this year to do that. He’s just a special person.”