RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Martin Gerber is proving a more than adequate backup goaltender for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
With No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere taking the day off, Gerber turned aside 11 shots in the first period, eight in the second and nine in the third. He has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last seven starts but is just 2-4-1 over that span.
"The defense sorted it out very good," Gerber said. "They didn't allow them to get in front of the net. They kept the pucks in the corners. Some days you have the luck."
"Marty came out and stopped their big line early," Ozolinsh said. "That gave us confidence. The first few minutes gave us a lot of confidence."
The Ducks allowed few solid offensive chances.
"They don't give you much," Carolina captain Ron Francis said. "We couldn't get anything by (Gerber) early and we kept digging ourselves bigger and bigger holes. And when we made a mistake, they capitalized on it.
"Gerber did a real good job of eating things up. Our shots were maybe a little too high or what. He was hanging on to everything we shot at the net."
Ozolinsh helped open the scoring at 12:06 of the first period. He picked off a sloppy pass as defenseman Bret Hedican tried to clear the puck around the boards. Ozolinsh threw the puck at the slot and Adam Oates tipped it by goalie Kevin Weekes for his sixth goal.
Paul Kariya scored his 23rd goal on the power play 3:25 into the second period, slamming home a rebound from in front of the net for his team-leading 13th power-play tally.
Anaheim had been 0-for-16 with the man advantage in the previous four games.
"It was nice to get a power-play goal even though power-play goals were hard to come by today," Ducks coach Mike Babcock said.
Ozolinsh gave Anaheim a 3-0 lead 57 seconds into the third period, driving to the net before converting a pass from Petr Sykora for his 10th goal. It was his third since he was acquired from Florida just before the All-Star break.
"He's been pretty darn good for us since the first game in Calgary (on February 4)," Babcock said. "His instincts, he's right in there in the cycle."
"You saw it tonight," Kariya added. "We might not have scored those goals in the past with Ozolinsh jumping in like that. Sandis has a lot more to give us, and he will once he gets used to us."
Ozolinsh played for the Hurricanes during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
"I don't pay that much attention to it," he said. "The first game, of course, is a bit more special. But after the first game, it is just like any other regular-season game."
"He definitely gets up for the games against us," Carolina defenseman Sean Hill said. "He plays well defensively and he's getting a lot of chances offensively and putting them away."
Jason Krog closed the scoring at 13:28 with his eighth goal. He collected the puck along the left boards, skated to the slot and snapped a wrist shot that bounced off Weekes' right shoulder and into the net.
"We turned over the first goal in 'd-zone' coverage, take the penalty on the second one, the next two were just clean 'd-zone' coverage, missed coverages," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "They did a really good job not giving us an easy route to the front of the net. That was the difference."
Sykora collected two assists for the Ducks, who opened a four-game road trip with their sixth victory in nine games (6-2-1). They have won seven of the last 10 away from home.
"I didn't think we had legs," Babcock said. "Anytime you fly across the country for a 1:30 game, we knew it was going to be a quick turnaround. I thought we battled through the first and then with good goaltending we were able to get ourselves going a little bit."
Weekes made 18 saves but could not prevent Carolina's winless streak from reaching five games (0-2-3).
"We made a lot of steps forward the last five or six games," Hedican said. "We were ready to play and I made some mistakes and it cost us some goals. I tried to bring my best and it didn't happen tonight."
The defending Eastern Conference champions have just three wins in their last 28 games (3-18-4-3) and are 14 points out of the final playoff berth.
"Going down the stretch, we're not going to get any special advantages against teams that are already in it," Maurice said. "Overall, it was pretty disappointing."