Some days the puck just finds the net. Timo
Meier couldn't miss on Monday afternoon. The Sharks forward set a franchise
record by scoring 5 times in a 6-2 Sharks win over the Los Angeles Kings at SAP
Center. Meier recorded a hat trick in the opening period and had his 5th before
the 2nd intermission. Only Drew Doughty's hustle prevented a 6th tally as Meier
was denied on a 3rd period breakaway.
For the Sharks lone All-Star it
was a career day. Meier finished with a game-high 6 shots on goal. His only
miss came moments before his 3rd goal of the game when he put a wrist shot off
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick from in tight.
An Arthur Kaliyev
holding infraction on Jeffrey Viel led to an early power play chance for the
Sharks. The special teams didn't squander this chance as it did three times in
the 2-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night. Timo Meier snapped a shot from
the left side past Sharks nemesis Quick for his 16th goal of the season at
Rudolfs Balcers made it a 2-0 lead at 15:56 when he gathered a
Tomas Hertl feed while parked in the slot and slipped a shot past Quick low to
the glove side.
The final 3 minutes of the period was a shooting
gallery. Meier put the Sharks up by 3 goals when he gathered a rebound near the
right dot before spinning to his left and lifting a shot past Quick.
The Swiss forward wasn't done yet. Meier put a third shot past Quick 21 seconds
later, when the Sharks worked the puck out of the right corner. Tomas Hertl
gathered a rebound of yet another shot on the right side, before sliding it to
his linemate for a backhand shot for the 1st period hat trick.
Turnovers has been the Sharks Kryptonite this season and it bit the Sharks with
16 seconds left in the period. Erik Karlsson gathered a puck in his own zone,
but Kopitar intercepted his soft clearing attempt. The Kings captain skated up
the left side and found a seem between goaltender James Reimer and the left
The Kings opened the 2nd period by sending Viktor Arvidsson to
the penalty box after he tomahawk chopped Karlsson to the back of the head.
Meier used his hot hand to smack the Kings in the back of the head with his 4th
goal of the game. The Sharks forward collected a feed from Karlsson on the
right dot before lifting a shot past Quick for the 5-1 lead.
Lemieux, son of former Shark Claude Lemieux, dropped the gloves with Jeffrey
Viel in an attempt to light a fire under his teammates. The two turned in a
spirited scrap that lasted a good minute.
Meier made history at 19:32
of the middle period when he scored his 5th goal of the game. Three Sharks
entered the Kings zone with only two defenders back. Hertl sent a pass across
the rink from the right side to Meier, who toe dragged his way back to the slot
where he lifted a shot to beat Quick high glove side.
Mikey Anderson scored his 2nd goal of the season on
a redirect off a Drew Doughty shot 10:35 into the 3rd period. The Kings 3rd
year defenseman pinched as Doughty circled near the top of the left circle.
Lost in all the Meier commotion was the fact that Reimer made 39
saves. The Kings peppered him in all three periods, but his performance helped
everyone focus on Meier's accomplishments. Game Notes:
* Timo Meier was only the 10th player in NHL history to score 5 goals in the
first to periods of a game. The last time it was done was in the NHL's scoring
heyday of 1994.
* Erik Karlsson recorded his 500th career NHL assist
in the game. He recorded 3 assists in the game.
* Meier's first 4 goals
were the fastest in team history (18:22). It took Tomas Hertl 2:46 into the 2nd
period against the New York Rangers on October 8, 2013 to set the previous
* Tomas Hertl recorded 4 assists in the game.
Sadly, only 10,705 people paid to see Meier's big day in person. That number
accounts for tickets sold. There were fewer than that in the building.