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Boyle, 49ers offensive line fire up Sharks fans for Game 7

Former defenseman, football players hype home crowd against Avalanche

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Dan Boyle really, really wanted the San Jose Sharks to win Wednesday.

The former Sharks defenseman fired up the crowd at SAP Center by chugging a drink on the JumboTron during a break in the action at Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round between San Jose and the Colorado Avalanche.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Dan Boyle. Legend. 😂 #PlayoffMode pic.twitter.com/PQcdbmt0U2

Boyle, who played 431 games over six seasons with San Jose, appeared with fellow ex-Sharks Evgeni Nabokov, Scott Hannan, Douglas Murray and Curtis Brown outside SAP Center before the game to sign autographs and calm the nervous fans. He might've stained his white Sharks Alumni polo while chugging, and also with his aggressive style of towel waving, but fortunately his teal headband survived the incident.

The ex-Sharks weren't the only Bay Area athletes firing up the home fans in San Jose. San Francisco 49ers offensive linemen Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, Mike Person, Weston Richburg and Laken Tomlinson opened the door to the Sharks locker room and escorted them to the ice before the do-or-die game.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Tonight's game is too big to have just one door opener. Welcome to the @49ers offensive line, who did the honors tonight! #PlayoffMode | #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/kQeeSXvcIh

All that support worked for the Tomas Hertl and the Sharks, who won 3-2 and advanced to face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final.

Tweet from @NHL: The smile on @TomasHertl48 tells the super fans inside the Shark Tank everything they already knew. He loves you loud. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/Oi7JnlpH8a

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