ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Maxim Sushinskiy scored twice in the third period and SKA St. Petersburg defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 in an exhibition game Monday.
The loss at the Palace came in Carolina's final warmup before opening the NHL regular season Thursday against the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland.
The Wild beat Ilves of Tampere 5-1 in Finland also on Monday.
The Hurricanes kept Eric Staal out in the third period but said he was not injured.
Konstatin Panov, Maxim Rybin and former NHL star Alexei Yashin also scored for the Russians.
Down 2-0 after the first period, Tuomo Ruutu, Patrick Dwyer and rookie winger Jeff Skinner scored for the Hurricanes in the second to tie the score at 3-3 after two periods.