The Swiss-born forward sets multiple franchise records with 5 goal performance.
San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier had a night to remember on Monday night when he did something that had not been done by any other player in the history of the Sharks when he broke out with a five-goal performance against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Start Of Timo’s Professional Hockey Career
The 25-year-old native of Herisau, Switzerland started his professional career in his homeland playing at the Elite Jr. A level with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers at the age of 16 before being selected 12th overall by the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.
Meier started his Canadian Major Junior career in the 2013-2014 season before being named as captain of the Mooseheads the following season. He was selected 9th overall by the Sharks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and signed his entry-level contract a couple of weeks later on July 8th, 2015.
Partway through the 2015-2016 OHL season. On January 6th, 2016, he was traded to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in exchange for a first-round pick in 2017, a second-round pick in 2017, and a fourth-round pick in 2018. He would make his NHL debut on December 16th, 2016, against the Montreal Canadiens and scored his first NHL goal in the same game. Since his NHL debut, Meier has recorded 188 points (88 goals and 100 assists) in 317 games.
Record Setting Night
Coming into the game, the Sharks had lost their two previous games and were looking for some offense, and Meier definitely provided that much-needed offense on Monday night.
He started early by scoring his first goal on the power play just over 3 minutes into the first period, at 15:56 of the first, Rudolfs Balcers gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead before Meier continued his barrage on the Kings Stanley Cup champion goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Nearing the end of the period at 18:48, he recorded his second goal of the game off of a rebound before following that goal up with another one 21 seconds later to give him his second career hat trick and giving the Sharks a 4-0 lead entering the first intermission.
Meier once again came out of the gates hot at the start of the second period, scoring his fourth goal of the game less than two minutes into the period. Then as they were getting ready to head into the locker room for the second intermission with 27 seconds remaining in the period he scored his fifth goal of the game setting the Sharks Franchise record for the most goals by any one player in a single game.
Below is a list of some of the other records he set during his historic night.
*Courtesy of NHL and Sharks PR
- Per NHL PR, Meier’s hat trick in the first period was the fastest hat trick from the start of a game in franchise history (19:09).
- Per SharkStats, Meier now has 20 goals in 35 games, sixth-most through 35 games in team history (most: Ray Sheppard 1995-96 and Owen Nolan 1999-00, each with 22).
- Per NHL PR, Meier became the first NHL player to score five goals in a game against the Kings since Alexei Zhamnov had five for the original Winnipeg Jets on April 1, 1995.
- Per Sharks PR, Meier also became the fifth player in the last 25 years to score five goals in a game (regular season and playoffs), joining Mika Zibanejad (March 5, 2020), Patrik Laine (Nov. 24, 2018), Johan Franzen (Feb. 2, 2011) and Marian Gaborik (Dec. 20, 2007). The last player to score six goals in a game was Darryl Sittler on Feb. 7, 1976.
Meier also had a chance to get a sixth goal midway through the third period but the puck was knocked away by the Kings’ Michael Anderson before he could get to the net. While a five-goal game in the NHL is rare it’s always exciting when it happens.
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