Gerber yanked after allowing three first-period goals

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina goalie Martin Gerber was pulled late in the first period Monday night after Montreal took a 3-0 lead in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

Rookie Cam Ward skated in to take Gerber's place amid loud cheers from the crowd at the RBC Center, and Gerber went straight to the dressing room. He allowed the three goals on only 13 shots, similar to his effort in the opener Saturday night.

In that one, the Canadiens won 6-1 despite getting outshot 43-21, and it was more of the same in Game 2. One of the scores came on the power play.

The 22-year-old Ward went 14-8 this season and stopped 39 shots in a victory over Washington in his last start, one of only four appearances in the final six weeks. The 25th overall pick in the 2002 draft, Ward set franchise records last season at AHL Lowell for victories (27), shutouts (6), save percentage (.937) and goals-against average (1.99).