San Jose Sharks Set Record in Win Against the L.A Kings

Timo Meier waves to fans after scoring five goals during Monday nights game against the L.A Kings, including a hat trick in the first period.

As the San Jose Sharks took to the ice on Monday afternoon, Timo Meier wasn’t expecting anything special. However, by the end of the third period, the star winger had scored five goals and set a new record for the California franchise.

The first sign that history was in the making came after Meier helped the Sharks to a 4-1 lead over the L.A Kings. Meier, who was already off a blistering season, scored his first goal of the period at 16:58. Then, will 1:12 remaining in the period he scored his second, before closing the period with a hat trick 22 seconds later.

“It’s very special, I almost can’t even describe it. It’s a goosebump feeling.”

A sixth-year 25 year old winger, who played on the All-Star team for the first time this season, went on to score his fourth goal of the game during a power play in the opening two minutes of the second period. And, with 27 seconds to go in the second, Timo Meier scored his first goal to put the Sharks up 6-1 heading into the third.

As the San Jose Sharks took to the ice for the third period, fans were heard chanting “Timo!, Timo!”. Meier nearly scored a sixth goal midway through the third after taking the puck down the left side before having the puck knocked away by defenseman Mikey Anderson.

San Jose Sharks head coach, Boughner said he couldn’t recall ever seeing another guy as hot as Meier before adding,

“You could see guys looking at each other. It’s the way he scored them as well. The patience, the shots, picking the corners. Those goals were pretty goals.”


Meier, who is now one of only 47 players to ever score five goals in an NHL game, scored twice on the power play and managed goals from both sides of the net. Two of those were at difficult angles and still managed to get past the pads of goalie Jonathan Quick.

According to NHL archives, Mika Zibanejad was the last player to score five goals in a single game, which was achieved in 2020 in a game between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. The player with the most goals in a game was back in 1920 when Joe Malone scored seven against the Quebec Bulldogs.

Timo Meier also made franchise history as only the eleventh player to ever score a hat trick for the San Jose Sharks. The achievement was not lost on L.A’s coach, Todd McLellan, who acknowledged the accomplishment post-game.

“He’s a hell of a player, the fourth-leading shooter in the league as far as volume in the NHL. He’s playing with a guy that’s red hot in Tomas (Hertl), and he has the ability to do that.”

After struggling to score over the last two games, Tomas Hertl also had a night to remember. Hertl recorded four assists last night, and teammate Erik Karlsson recorded his 500th assist of his career after adding three to his record.

The night went well for James Reimer, who was making his return to the ice after suffering a lower-body injury two weeks ago. Reimer, who made 39 stops, also celebrated his 33rd before and removed any doubt coach Boughner had of him being ready to face the pressure.

“They’re a team that throws a lot of pucks to the net. They crash hard. He had to deal with some traffic. His first game back after a few weeks off, Reimer battled hard and helped us in the first period.”

Michael Anderson and Anze Kopitar each scored one goal for the Kings on Monday, while Jonathan Quick recorded eleven saves. The loss put an end to a four game winning streak for the Kings and put Meier at the top of the roaster for the Sharks. The Kings will next suit up against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, while bettors interested in punting in favour of the Sharks will have to wait until next Saturday when they are scheduled to play Tampa.

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