BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Nathan Gerbe scored in the third period to break a tie and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in the pre-season opener for both teams.
Gerbe, who added two assists, scored on a tip-in from the slot, where he converted a lead pass from Paul Gaustad.
Gaustad scored in the opening minute of the third period to tie it. He put in a one-timer after Patrick Kaleta fed him from behind the net. Kaleta, who also had a goal and two assists, added an empty-net goal.
Brandon Sutter scored 23 seconds into the second period, giving Carolina a 1-0 lead on a backhander from the slot. Brian Boucher stopped all 14 shots he faced in two periods. Justin Peters played the third and allowed both Buffalo goals.