The Canes finally scored a goal in the second period, ending a scoreless drought of almost 145 minutes and taking a 1-0 lead, but closed the period in a 1-1 tie with the Panthers.
Riley Nash gave the Canes their first goal since the Jan. 9 Toronto game, knocking in the rebound of a Radek Dvorak shot. Dvorak made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone, then got off a shot that Tim Thomas stopped, but Nash was there for his fifth goal of the season at 3:37.
The assist was Dvorak's first point in 19 games.
The Panthers tied it with 4:55 left in the second as Marcel Goc got inside position on defenseman Jay Harrison, took a pass from Jonathan Huberdeau and beat Anton Khudobin for his ninth of the season.
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The Canes' scoreless streak was at seven straight periods after a scoreless first.
The Canes did everything but score on a pair of power plays in the opening period. The scoring chances were there, but Thomas was too quick, too good.
On the first power play, Jordan Staal twice had good attempts and Jeff Skinner another, but Thomas was there for the stops.
The Panthers killed off the penalty, only to have Ed Jovanovski called for high-sticking Nathan Gerbe. Skinner and Jiri Tlusty had good looks on the second power play but Thomas again made the saves.
The Canes had 15 shots in the first after being limited to five in the opening period Monday in the lackluster 2-0 loss to Calgary. Carolina was shut out by Columbus last week and has not scored since Elias Lindholm's power-play goal late in the Jan. 9 game against Toronto.
Khudobin stopped 13 shots in the first as he made his seventh straight start in net for the Canes. The Panthers also were blanked in their last game, losing 3-0 to San Jose on Thursday.
Tlusty was called for cross-checking with 56.5 seconds left in the first, and the Panthers went into the second with 1:04 of power-play time.
The Canes killed off the Tlusty penalty, then had to kill off a double-minor against Dvorak for high-sticking. The Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov hit the post during the 4-minute power play, and Canes defenseman Mike Komisarek went to the ice to knock the puck away from Sean Bergenheim and prevent a scoring chance.