NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Buffalo
(Saturday, January 14th)
Final Score: Buffalo 10, Los Angeles 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville both notched their first NHL hat tricks, as the Buffalo Sabres routed the Los Angeles Kings, 10-1, at HSBC Arena.
"It's something you dream about," said Pominville of his hat trick. "The first one, hopefully the first of many. It's a special night. I'll remember it for a while."
Jay McKee, Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik and Daniel Paille also scored for Buffalo, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Drury also had three assists and Ryan Miller was solid in goal, saving 32 of 33 shots.
Buffalo posted double digits in goals for the first time since a 10-7 victory over Detroit on February 24, 1993.
Jeff Cowan recorded the only goal for Los Angeles, which has lost three of four games to fall further behind first-place Dallas in the Pacific Division.
Mathieu Garon allowed four goals on 10 shots and was pulled two different times in the first period. Adam Hauser saved 18 of 24 shots in relief.
"You'd like to say I did my job," Kings captain Mattias Norstrom said. "But no one on our team did that tonight. It was the guys on the other side that did tonight."
It didn't take Buffalo long to light the lamp. The Sabres cleared the puck along the right boards into the neutral zone, where a tic-tac-toe passing sequence gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the contest. Drury slid the puck to Mike Grier, who in turn found a streaking McKee for a slap shot from between the circles that beat Garon glove side.
Just 13 seconds later, a loose puck behind the LA net was pushed toward the right boards by Grier. Paille controlled the disc and found an open Drury, who punched it between the goaltender's legs to give Buffalo a 2-0 advantage.
Garon was pulled just over three minutes later when Kotalik beat Garon stick side for the 3-0 edge. Garon had an opportunity to corral the puck after making a pad save on Hecht's scoring chance, but couldn't maintain control and Kotalik took advantage for the tally at 4:43.
The Sabres' domination continued as Hecht joined the scoring parade. Kotalik controlled the puck along the end line and flipped a pass into the right face-off circle to Hecht, who fired a slap shot just inside the right post past Garon's glove with 9:14 remaining in the period.
The yo-yo act in goal didn't stop Buffalo from taking a 5-0 lead. Hauser again replaced Garon and stopped Tim Connolly's shot, but was out of position as Hecht slapped home the rebound with 2:54 left in the first stanza.
Cowan finally got the Kings on the scoreboard with a flick from right in front of the net that sneaked past a sprawled out Miller at 18:26 of the first.
Hecht recorded his first NHL hat trick on the power play at the 6:13 mark of the second stanza, as his attempt to center the puck from the right side of the net was blocked back to his stick and he backhanded the puck past a lunging Hauser to open the 6-1 lead.
Pominville scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play to increase the lead to 7-1 at 11:16 and recorded his second tally of the game -- a breakaway, shorthanded goal -- with 40 ticks left in the stanza.
The lead grew to 9-1 on Pominville's third goal of the game at the 14:48 mark of the third and Paille's first NHL goal with 4:24 left ended the scoring.
"It's a great effort from top to bottom," Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff said. "Goaltending all the way through the defense. The forward lines did a lot of work down low, controlled play, handled the puck, cycled the puck, got pucks to the net and they got rewarded for it."
Buffalo improved to 15-7-2 at home...The Sabres kick off a six-game road trip at Edmonton on Monday...Buffalo has won five of the last eight meetings...LA fell to 13-11-2 on the road...The Sabres are now 5-1-1 versus the Western Conference...Drury tied a career-high with four points...Buffalo's five first- period goals were the most scored in a period in the NHL this season.
01/15 00:39:29 ET