'It's very special': Sharks' Meier has goosebumps after 5-goal game
What advice do you give to a player who just scored five goals in two periods?
For the San Jose Sharks, the message to winger Timo Meier during Monday's contest against the Los Angeles Kings was pretty simple.
"Tonight, if you wear No. 28, shoot the puck," defenseman Erik Karlsson said, according to San Jose Hockey Now's Sheng Peng.
It's safe to say Meier followed through on that advice during his team's 6-2 victory. The 25-year-old led the team with six shots on veteran netminder Jonathan Quick en route to becoming the first player in Sharks history to ever score five goals in one game.
Meier accomplished the feat on home ice as "Timo" chants rained down from the enamored crowd.
"It's very special, almost can't describe it," he said, according to NBC Sports. "Very special goosebump feeling. Our fans have been great. It's just a really, really cool feeling."
His reign of terror over Quick and the Kings started almost immediately, with his first goal coming after just three minutes.
Meier didn't let up, logging his second career hat trick in the first period.
"When pucks are going in - I think at that time every shot went in for me - so you definitely feel good and you hope to keep going like that," he said. "Just one of these nights."
Sharks head coach Bob Boughner gave Meier all the credit.
"I can't remember seeing a guy that hot. It was nice to see. We've talked about how great a season he's had," Boughner said, according to team beat writer Ross McKeon. "Being named our All-Star, which was well deserved and all that hard work. ... Timo got paid back, and our team got paid back."
Meier is just the fifth NHL player to score five goals in a game since 2000 and the latest since New York Rangers star Mika Zibanejad in 2020. The Swiss star is also the first to pull off the feat in the first two periods of a game since Peter Bondra in 1994.
Meier leads the Sharks with 45 points in 35 games this season.
It was also a milestone game for Karlsson, who registered his 500th career assist on Meier's fifth goal.