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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley had to shake things up Adidas Rasmus Andersson Jersey , shuffling his lines against the Los Angeles Kings an effort to revive an offense that was held to one goal in three of the past four games.The moves paid off, especially the new first line of Jeff Skinner, Jason Pominville and Jack Eichel.Skinner scored three goals for his fifth career hat trick and the Sabres’ reconfigured top line keyed a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.Pominville had a goal and two assists for his 700th career point, and Eichel added three assists as he centered Skinner and Pominville for the first time.“I think that’s the spark we’ve been looking for,” said Zach Bogosian, who also scored.Linus Ullmark made 19 saves for Buffalo.Drew Doughty had a goal and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the Kings, who lost their fourth straight game. Quick has allowed 10 goals on 54 shots in two starts since returning from a lower-body injury.Skinner put the Sabres ahead 2-0 at 3:31 of the second period and made it 3-0 with 4:08 left in the middle period. Pominville got his milestone point with a secondary assist on Skinner’s second goal.Pominville is the third member of the 2001 draft class to reach the 700-point mark Adidas Dalton Prout Jersey , joining Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza.“A guy that plugs away every day, as professional as he is, he’s a good example for the younger players and seeing him get rewarded with 700, that’s awesome for him,” Bogosian said.Bogosian scored with 15 seconds left in the second, the eighth straight goal allowed by the Kings in 56:40 of game time after giving up four goals in the third period of a 7-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.Doughty got the Kings on the scoreboard with 7:44 left in the third. It was Los Angeles’ third power-play goal in two games after starting the season 0 for 22, but little else has gone right for them recently.Outscored 21-5 during their current losing streak Adidas Derek Ryan Jersey , the Kings held a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly 20 minutes after their latest defeat.Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said the team did not have “enough passion and fire to win games right now.“We’ve accepted being okay. It’s not okay. It’s not working. It’s going to be a long year, guys will be moved if this continues,” Muzzin said.The Sabres were more than happy to take advantage of the Kings’ struggles, with Skinner completing his first hat trick since Dec. 15, 2015, with an empty-netter with 25 seconds remaining.The Sabres took a 1-0 lead at 10:24 of the first. Pominville scored on the rebound of a shot by Eichel. The goal withstood a review after the Kings challenged for interference as Pominville’s stick and skate made contact with Quick’s right leg as the goalie was sprawled on the ice.“It was great that it worked out,” Housley said of his new first line Adidas James Neal Jersey , “but I think if you looked throughout all the lines they all contributed in one way or another.”NOTES: The Sabres had nine players with a point and 13 players with a plus-1 rating or better. . Sabres D Jake McCabe had an assist to extend his point streak to three games. … Kings LW Alex Iafallo had an assist for the third straight game, a new career-high.UP NEXTSabres: Wrap up their five-game road trip at Anaheim on Sunday.Kings: Open a two-game road trip at Dallas on Tuesday. VORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Former Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said he was stunned the Flyers fired him this week, despite their losing record.Hextall, a former Flyers goalie, was fired Monday after 4 ½ seasons on the job.“I didn’t see this coming in any way,” Hextall said Friday. “I was shocked. I was stunned Adidas Austin Czarnik Jersey , yeah.”The Flyers are 10-12-2 and in last place in the Eastern Conference under coach Dave Hakstol headed into Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh. Flyers President Paul Holmgren said he fired Hextall because it had “become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of the team.”Hextall had preached patience and tried to rebuild the Flyers through the draft instead of making short-term fixes with high-priced veterans. When the development didn’t come quick enough, Hextall was given the boot.“There were a lot of things that just went the wrong way on us,” Hextall said.Holmgren said this week the next general manager will decide Hakstol’s fate. Holmgren had few solid answers this week as to why he made the move, other than to repeatedly call Hextall “unyielding.”Hextall said he took a three-stage approach toward trying to build a contender: clean up the salary-cap mess left behind by Holmgren, his predecessor; watch prospects grow as a team; make a big splash through free agency or a trade when the Flyers were close to “go time.”“I didn’t feel we were at go-time,” Hextall said.The Flyers had two first-round playoff exits in Hextall’s tenure and they show no sign this season of winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since the back-to-back titles in 1974-75.“I certainly expected to take a step this year,” Hextall said. “There’s a few more growing pains with our young players than I expected.”Hextall was criticized for refusing to listen to scouts and advisers and had been accused of cutting off alumni access to the team. Hextall Adidas Elias Lindholm Jersey , a star goalie and one of the franchise’s more popular players, had wanted his own process on his terms.He said Friday at a hotel across the street from the team’s New Jersey headquarters that he was wrong to deny former players access to the locker room during an alumni game. But he said he was a team player in contact with scouts and other key personnel and was close a few times on making a major deal or signing a key free agent that could have helped the Flyers.“I can assure you, I was being aggressive,” he said. “If we would have had something that made sense for us, short term and long term, we would have done it.”