BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville scored three goals apiece in Buffalo’s 10-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, the Sabres’ highest goal total in almost 13 years.
Chris Drury had a goal and three assists, Ales Kotalik had a goal and two assists and Jay McKee and Daniel Paille also scored. Tim Connolly and Mike Grier had three assists each for Buffalo, which built a 5-0 lead 17 minutes in.
The three goals were career highs for both Hecht and Pominville, who scored three straight goals for a natural hat trick. He had two power-play goals and also scored on a short-handed breakaway. Hecht also had an assist.
The 10 goals were the most the Sabres scored since a 10-7 win over Detroit on Feb 24, 1993. And Buffalo’s five-goal first period was the team’s best since scoring five in a 7-1 win over Washington on Dec. 31, 2003.
The Sabres also snapped a two-game winless streak (0-1-1), their longest since losing four straight from Nov. 2-9.
Jeff Cowan, scoring late in the first period, had the lone goal for the Kings, who gave up 10 goals for the first time since a 10-3 loss to Washington, Feb. 13, 1993. The margin of defeat matched the Kings’ worst since a 9-0 loss to Montreal in the 1975-76 season opener.
Goalie Mathieu Garon, coming off a 6-0 win at Boston on Thursday night, had the most troublesome night.
Garon allowed four goals on 10 shots and was pulled twice, the final time after Hecht scored on a screened shot from the right circle midway through the first period.
Hecht’s two other goals came against backup Adam Hauser, who allowed six goals on 24 shots in his NHL debut.
The Sabres scored on three of their first six shots, the eruption beginning when McKee scored on a slap shot 1:06 into the game. Drury, set up in the slot by Grier, scored 13 seconds later, and Kotalik made it 3-0 off a rebound at 4:33.
Hecht was the last Sabres player to have a four-point game, with two goals and two assists in a 4-3 win at the New York Rangers on March 31, 2004. The last time two Buffalo players registered four points happened when Hecht and Miroslav Satan had four points each in a 6-5 overtime loss to Toronto on March 15, 2004.
It didn’t help that the Kings are a banged up team. Pavol Demitra missed his fourth game with a leg injury while Lubomir Visnovsky, second among NHL defenseman with 45 points (13 goals and 32 assists), did not play because of flu-like symptoms.
The five goals allowed in a period were the most by Los Angeles since giving up six in an 8-3 loss to the Rangers on Dec. 15, 1999, according to Elias Sports Bureau. … Hauser was with the Kings because regular backup Jason LaBarbera is with Manchester of the AHL on a conditioning assignment. … The Sabres went 3-2-1 in wrapping up a six-game homestand and leave for a six-game road trip, their longest of the season.
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