Timo Meier’s hat trick leads San Jose Sharks past Anaheim Ducks

SAN JOSE — Timo Meier scored once in the second period and twice in the third for his third career hat-trick as he helped lead the Sharks to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Meier scored his second goal of the game at 3:56 of the third period, then completed the hat trick by accepting a pass from Tomas Hertl and beating Ducks rookie goaltender Lukas Dostal with a backhand at 15:55. give the Sharks a 4-1 lead.

Meier, who was named his first NHL All-Star Game in January, now has 30 goals this year, matching the career high he set in 2018-19.

“I’m not a big numbers guy. My goals are with the team,” Meier said. “It’s always nice to score goals. Obviously I love to score goals, it’s no secret. But for me, the main goal is to win games, so I never really focus on numbers.

“Timo skates well, and when he throws the puck like he does, it’s nice to see him rewarded,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “He’s had a great season and he doesn’t stop.”

James Reimer made 27 saves, Alexander Barabanov had two assists and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his third goal of the season as the Sharks won for the third time in four games. Reimer has been in goal for all three wins in seven days, the first time he’s had a three-game winning streak this season.

With the victory, the Sharks (29-28-8) edged the Ducks (27-29-11) by one point for sixth place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks’ next game is Wednesday in Arizona against the Coyotes.

“It’s good when you don’t have to chase after the game,” Vlasic said. “Normally when you score first you have a better winning percentage.”

Barabanov’s second assist came on a Sharks power play at 3:56 of the third period, when he had the main assist on Meier’s 29th goal of the season.

Reimer made a handful of clutch saves in the first 10 minutes, then closed the door in the third period to preserve the win, his third in a row in the last seven days. Gerry Mayhew scored Anaheim’s lone goal at 1:05 of the third period to cut the Sharks’ lead to 2-1.

“We had to score in the first 10 (minutes),” Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins said. “All we had to do was hit one. I know James Reimer very well, I coached him when he first turned professional and he was there tonight.

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