LOS ANGELES - Somewhere, in the hours leading up to his first game as a Laker in Los Angeles, LeBron James might have caught word of the performance Jeff Skinner and his linemates put on at Staples Center and thought, Man, that's a tough act to follow.
Skinner scored a hat trick to lead the Sabres to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, bringing them to 2-2-0 with a game to go on their Pacific Division road trip and 4-4-0 on the season.
"It was a little bit light here to start the game," Sabres captain Jack Eichel said afterward. "It filled out, but I guess that's what happens when you're playing at 12:30 in L.A. and LeBron's after you. Skins put on a pretty good performance, so I think The King's going to have to do pretty good to beat him."