Series (Game 1 of 1)

Buffalo leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th

Kings 1

(28-17-2, 58 pts)

Sabres 10

(28-13-3, 59 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2006

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
LA 1 0 01
BUF 5 3 210

J. Hecht (Sabres - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 1

J. Pominville (Sabres - RW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

C. Drury (Sabres - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

Hecht, Pominville score hat tricks in rout of Kings

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- A night of firsts for the Buffalo Sabres was one the Los Angeles Kings would like to forget.

Jochen Hecht and rookie Jason Pominville each recorded their first career hat trick and Daniel Paille netted his first NHL goal as the Sabres trounced the Kings, 10-1, to halt a two-game skid.

Things turned sour for Los Angeles early as defenseman Jay McKee and Chris Drury scored 13 seconds apart to give Buffalo a 2-0 bulge 1:19 into the game. Ales Kotalik tallied at 4:33 to make it a three-goal lead and chase Mathieu Garon, but the goaltender returned less than two minutes later and allowed Hecht's first goal at 10:46.

Appearing in his first career game, Adam Hauser again replaced Garon and was victimized by Hecht with 2:54 remaining in the first as Buffalo built a 5-0 cushion.

After Jeff Cowan got the Kings on the board late in the opening period, Hecht completed his hat trick at 6:13 of the second. Pominville took over from there, scoring twice in the middle session and again with just over five minutes to go in the third for a natural hat trick.

Pominville's third goal gave Buffalo two hat tricks in the same game for the first time since December 31, 2003, when Miroslav Satan and Maxim Afinogenov accomplished the feat.

The 20th overall pick in the 2002 draft, Paille - who picked up an assist in the first period - completed the scoring with 4½ minutes remaining.

Hecht added an assist for his fourth career four-point effort while Tim Connolly, Drury and Mike Grier set up three goals apiece for Buffalo, which completed a 3-2-1 homestand.

Garon allowed four goals on 10 shots and Hauser stopped 18-of-24 shots for the Kings, who fell to 2-8 with one tie in their last 11 road meetings with the Sabres.

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