Ryan Getzlaf's 4-point first period against Buffalo

Jeff Gross

Ryan Getzlaf had three goals and an assist in the first period of Friday's game against Buffalo. Breaking news: The Sabres are really, really bad.

Ryan Getzlaf scored as many goals (3) in the first period of Friday's game against Buffalo as the Sabres have scored in the first period all season.

And with that, the rout seems to be on in Anaheim.

Getzlaf's three-goal first period effort was the first hat trick of his career and it was all part of a four-point period for the veteran forward, who also assisted on Anaheim's other goal in the period, setting up Cam Fowler's power play goal at the 9:53 mark of the period.

Buffalo captain Steve Ott was unfortunate enough to be on the ice for all four of Getzlaf's first period points, while defenseman Henrik Tallinder and Tyler Myers were on for three of them.

Here is the goal that completed Getzlaf's hat trick.

In related news: The Sabres are not very good.

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