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GOTTA SEE IT: Meier Gets Into Just His 2nd Career Fight



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It’s not everyday that your team’s leading goalscorer gets into a fight.

But that’s how Timo Meier, who’s scored 27 goals so far this season, used his hands to start the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

“It was a battle, and he was holding onto my stick. I tried to get my stick loose and just skate away,” Meier said of how his fight with Brandon Carlo jumped off. “I saw him coming after me. He had his gloves dropped, so there was no way, I just had to get in a fight with him.”

In the back of his mind, Meier also was hoping to provide a spark for the San Jose Sharks, after a dispiriting 5-3 loss to worst-team-in-the-NHL Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

“Yeah, coming into this game, we had to be fully committed, give everything we got,” he said. “Obviously, you try to lead by example there.”

On the Sharks’ broadcast, it was suggested that Meier didn’t like Carlo’s hit on Tomas Hertl, but apparently, that wasn’t an issue: “No, it was more of a scrum there. He was trying to get my stick loose. He wasn’t too happy about that, so I had to answer the bell.”

This is just Meier’s second NHL fight, and his first since Dec. 2018 against Greg Pateryn of the Minnesota Wild. Meier and Pateryn were also teammates on the San Jose Sharks during the 2020-21 campaign.

Head coach David Quinn was impressed with how his 6-foot-1 power forward fared against the 6-foot-6 Carlo: “Listen, that was a big boy fight. He came ready to play tonight. It’s the first I’ve seen him do it, and he looked pretty good doing it.”

“I’m not a small guy. Pretty big boy,” Meier said. “So I just tried to defend myself, throw a couple.”

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