Final OT

Carolina won 4-3 (Game 6 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 30, 2006

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 OT T
CAR 0 0 1 01
BUF 1 0 0 12

D. Briere (Sabres - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .962

M. Grier (Sabres - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Carolina at Buffalo 7:30 pm EDT

Carolina at Buffalo 7:30 pm EDT Eastern Conference final Hurricanes lead, 3-2

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette's ability to pick the right goaltender for the right situation is making him look like a genius.

Rookie Cam Ward will get the call in Game Six as the Carolina Hurricanes try to eliminate the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday and advance to the Stanley Cup final.

Although he is 10-4 in the postseason, Ward was replaced by Martin Gerber after yielding four goals on 26 shots in 33 minutes of Carolina's loss in Game Three.

Gerber made his first start since April 22 in Game Four and blocked all 22 shots for the Hurricanes in Friday's 4-0 victory, which tied tied the series at two games each. However, he was lifted early in the second period of Game Five after surrendering three goals on 11 shots.

With Ward back in net, Buffalo was held scoreless for the remainder of Sunday's game as Carolina rallied from a two-goal deficit to post a 4-3 overtime triumph and take a three-games-to-two series lead.

"I don't know if there is a strategy to it more than just what goes on through the course the game and how the game is playing out at that point," Laviolette said. "We were down 3-1, we made a move and it ended up being the right move. There are a lot of things you do and they don't work out. This worked out."

Cory Stillman registered a power-play goal in the extra session and Eric Staal extended his playoff scoring streak to 15 games for the Hurricanes, who look to return to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 2002.

Chris Drury netted his ninth goal of the postseason and Derek Roy added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who have won just once in 13 series when they have trailed by 3-2. The lone exception was in 1997 against the Ottawa Senators.

"We've put ourselves in a tough position," Sabres center Daniel Briere said. "We're not going to quit until somebody tells us it is over. We have had this same attitude all year. We're not going to change now. ... We come back in front of our crowd. We'll try and feed off of that."

If Game Seven is necessary, it will be played Thursday at Carolina. The series winner will face the Edmonton Oilers, who won their first Western Conference crown since 1990 by ousting the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.