NEW YORK -- Chris Terry's third goal of the season has given the Canes a 1-0 lead after the second period.
Terry wristed a shot from the left circle with 3:07 left in the second, the puck appearing to glance off a player and off Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The Canes' first lead of the season came after Carolina killed off a pair of penalties -- 69 seconds to begin the second period and later a slashing penalty against Brett Bellemore. It also came moments after Canes goalie Anton Khudobin made back-to-back stops on shots by Kevin Klein and then Matt Hunwick.
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was called for boarding late in the second.
The Canes showed some early jump and had some bite in their game, but the Rangers were the more aggressive offensive team early.
In the first 10 minutes of the game, the Rangers controlled the puck behind the net, had a strong net presence in front of Khudobin and got some troublesome tips.
But after the Canes killed off a Tim Gleason penalty, they used the momentum to generate more offense. Riley Nash and Ryan Murphy tested Lundqvist during a Canes power play -- Lundqvist had to make the stop on Murphy's point shot after dropping his paddle.
Late in the first, Brad Malone snapped off a quick wrister to force a tough save by Lundqvist. Terry and Zach Boychuk, who teamed up for two goals against Buffala on Tuesday, nearly connected again as Terry found Boychuk open to Lundqvist's left.
The Canes, after managing three shots in the first 12 minutes of the game, had 11 of the last 12 shots of the period and outshot the Rangers 13-8.
Gerbe was called for tripping in the final minute of the first.
Lundqvist, one of the league's elite goalies, came into the game off two of the worst outings of his career. He allowed six goals in 6-3 losses to Toronto and then the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
The Canes hoped to have forward Jeff Skinner and defenseman Andrej Sekera in the lineup, and both went through the morning skate Thursday. Skinner was eager to play his first game of the season after suffering a concussion Oct. 5.
Canes coach Bill Peters decided to hold both players out of the game. The Canes also were missing Eric Staal, Pat Dwyer and John-Michael Liles, all out with injuries.