Timo Meier’s historic 5-goal performance leads Sharks past Kings 6-2

The San Jose Sharks welcomed the Los Angeles Kings to town Monday afternoon for the first time this season. After back-to-back games where the Sharks were the better team but ultimately fell due to a hot opposing goalie and a lack of goal-scoring, San Jose looked to get back in the win column.

In a first period that saw the Sharks get outshot 15-8, San Jose took a 4-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to an offensive outburst from Timo Meier.

The 2022 NHL All-Star opened up the scoring 3:02 into the game on an early Sharks power play for his 16th goal of the season. Brent Burns sent a beautiful circle-to-circle cross-ice pass to a wide-open Meier, who settled the puck and snapped a wrist shot short-sided, beating Jonathan Quick’s blocker.

After Timo’s opening tally, the Kings regrouped and peppered James Reimer with relentless shots for a majority of the opening frame. Fresh off an injury, Reimer had a fantastic game with the Kings heavily outshooting the Sharks for the entire 60 minutes.

With 4:06 left to play in the first period, Rudolfs Balcers found the back of the net for his 3rd goal of the season. Tomas Hertl battled with Olli Maata at the blue line before outmuscling him and sliding a pass right down the middle to Balcers, who turned and fired a shot past Quick. Rudolfs now has goals in back-to-back games for the first time in his young NHL career.

Just under three minutes after Balcers’ goal, Timo Meier scored his second goal of the game with 1:12 left in the opening period to extend the Sharks lead to 3-0. Brent Burns threw the puck towards the net, that ended up deflecting off several players in front, eventually ricocheting towards the right circle where Meier collected the puck, turned, and instantly fired a shot over a screened Quick.

Only 21 seconds after scoring his second goal, Timo Meier capped off his incredible first period with a hat trick. Meier fired a shot at Quick, who made the initial save, but gave up a big rebound. Tomas Hertl collected the rebound before sending a pass over to Timo on the backdoor, who backhanded the puck over a sprawled Quick to complete the first period hat trick.

Anze Kopitar finally found a way past Reimer with 16 seconds left in the opening frame for his 12th goal of the season to get the Kings on the board before heading into the first intermission.

Starting off the second period, with the Sharks on their second power play of the game, Timo Meier netted his franchise-tying fourth goal of the game. Only 1:24 into the middle frame, Erik Karlsson sent a pass to Meier, who loaded up before sending a rocket of a wrist shot above Quick’s left shoulder.

Just when you thought you had seen it all from Meier, the 2015 9th overall pick set a Sharks franchise record netting his 5th goal of the game. With 28 seconds left in the second period, Tomas Hertl skated in on a 3-on-2 break, dishing out a cross-ice pass to Meier who deked past Drew Doughty before firing a shot past the glove of Quick. With the secondary assist on the goal, Erik Karlsson recorded his 500th career NHL assist.

The third period had the hockey world tuned in with fans from across the world watching to see if Meier could keep scoring. SAP Center was flooded with “TIMO” chants the entire closing frame that saw the Sharks close out a 6-2 win.

Mikey Anderson scored the lone goal of the third period with his second goal of the season to cut the Sharks lead to 6-2.

In his first game back since January 4th in Detroit due to injury, James Reimer shined in net saving 39 of the 41 shots he faced. While Timo was the highlight of Monday afternoon’s game, Reimer kept the Sharks in it while San Jose was outshot 41-17.

Tomas Hertl finished the day with four points, all on assists, while Erik Karlsson ended with three assists.

Timo Meier’s performance will not only be remembered by Sharks fans forever, but also by any hockey fan that tuned in to see him reach this unbelievable milestone.

The San Jose Sharks will be back in action Thursday night as they travel to Seattle for the first time in franchise history.

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