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Meier Likes the Kings on MLK Day
Sharks forward bags franchise record 5 goals
1/17/2022 - By Mike Lee

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 3:02.

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 post.

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.

Brendan 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 record.

* 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.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
LA 1 0 1 2
SJ 4 2 0 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Meier 16 (Burns, Karlsson), 3:02, (pp). 2, SJ, Balcers 4 (Hertl), 15:56. 3, SJ, Meier 17 (unassisted), 18:48. 4, SJ, Meier 18 (Hertl), 19:09. 5, LA, Kopitar 12 (unassisted), 19:44.
2nd period - 6, SJ, Meier 19 (Karlsson, Hertl), 1:24, (pp). 7, SJ, Meier 20 (), 19:32.
3rd period - 8, LA, Anderson 2 (Doughty, Arvidsson), 10:35.
Penalties
1st period - Kaliyev, LA (holding), 2:35.
2nd period - Arvidsson, LA (high sticking), 0:12; Lemieux, LA (fighting major). 1:31; Viel, SJ (fighting major), 1:31; Pederson, SJ (high sticking), 2:35; Hertl, SJ (hooking), 7:48; Gregor, SJ (hooking), 13:21.
3rd period - Kaliyev, LA (roughing), 16:55.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
LA - Quick 17 11
SJ - Reimer 41 39
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
LA 15 15 11 41
SJ 8 4 5 17
Power Play Conversion
LA 0 of 3
SJ 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Tomas Hertl
Erik Karlsson
Attendance
SAP Center - 10,705
Officials
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer, #14 Trevor Hanson . Linesmen: #91 Ben O'Quinn, #58 Ryan Gibbons.





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