Carolina won 4-3 (Game 2 of 7)

Carolina won 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, May 20th
Game 2: Monday, May 22nd
Game 3: Wednesday, May 24th
Game 4: Friday, May 26th
Game 5: Sunday, May 28th
Game 6: Tuesday, May 30th
Game 7: Thursday, June 1st

7:30 PM ET, May 22, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 0 23
CAR 1 2 14

Top Skaters

Buffalo: C. Drury - 1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG, Even

Carolina: R. Whitney - 2 G, 2 SOG, +1

Buffalo at Carolina 7:30 pm EDT

Buffalo at Carolina 7:30 pm EDT Eastern Conference finals Game Two

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes have experience coming back from a two-games-to-none deficit this postseason. They hope to avoid having to come up with a repeat performance.

The Hurricanes look to even their Eastern Conference finals series against the Buffalo Sabres when they host Game Two on Monday.

After losing four of their last five regular-season contests, the Hurricanes dropped the first two games - both at home - of their conference quarterfinals matchup with the Montreal Canadiens. But the Southeast Division champions battled back with four straight victories and went on to eliminate the New Jersey Devils in five games in the semifinals.

With a loss on Monday, Carolina would be in the same position it was against Montreal. Coach Peter Laviolette knows playoff losses are inevitable and believes in his team's resiliency but hopes not to be forced to dig out of another hole.

"If we go on to win a Stanley Cup, I don't think it will be a sweep," he said. "I think that our team has responded well when faced with a little bit of adversity. It's not do-or-die (on Monday), it's another step where your back is closer to the wall. We certainly don't want to be 0-2 against Buffalo going into Buffalo, so you wish you had won Game One and you had the momentum. But we don't."

The Sabres grabbed the series lead without much offensive help from their top lines. Of the three goals Buffalo scored against rookie netminder Cam Ward, two came from defensemen - including the game-winner by Jay McKee.

"It says what we usually talk about, that the goals are going to come from anywhere," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We have said any one of our lines can be the dangerous line, and (Saturday), it was a couple of defensemen that stepped up into the play and were able to add some offense for us."

The Hurricanes hope to get their top-ranked power play in gear after going 0-for-4 in Game One. Carolina entered the series with a 27.8 percent (15-for-54) success rate with the man advantage.

"(The Sabres) shut it down," Laviolette said. "We generated chances, we didn't find the back of the net. Ryan Miller made some big saves, we had some miscues."

However, Laviolette warned not to count out a unit that went 9-for-24 against New Jersey, scoring five of those goals on eight opportunities in the series opener.

"Might be a little bit early to talk about shutting down on the power play after just one game," he said. "It's not like they have got us 0-for-27. ... (But) it's never going to be as pretty as it was in the Montreal series or the New Jersey series just because of the aggressive nature in which (the Sabres) kill."

Miller was a key factor in Buffalo's victory, making 16 of his 29 saves in the third period. The Sabres also played strong in front of the rookie, blocking 29 shots - including a team-leading six by McKee.

Carolina center Eric Staal brings an 11-game points streak into Monday's contest. Staal's assist on defenseman Mike Commodore's shorthanded goal Saturday was his 11th of the postseason, a new franchise record.

Future Hall of Famer Ron Francis set the old mark of 10 assists in 2002, when the Hurricanes reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in history. The assist also was Staal's 16th point, matching Francis' franchise record that also was set in 2002.

The series shifts to the HSBC Arena for Game Three on Wednesday.