Gerbe, who added two assists, scored on a tip-in from the slot, where he converted a lead pass from Paul Gaustad(notes). Gaustad scored in the opening minute of the third period to tie it. He put in a one-timer after Patrick Kaleta(notes) fed him from behind the net. Kaleta, who also had a goal and two assists, added an empty-net goal.
Brandon Sutter(notes) scored 23 seconds into the second period, giving Carolina a 1-0 lead on a backhander from the slot. Brian Boucher(notes) stopped all 14 shots he faced in two periods. Justin Peters(notes) played the third and allowed both Buffalo goals.