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Sharks honor Howe at SAP Center before Game 6

San Jose places shirts forming iconic No. 9 of 'Mr. Hockey' over seats in arena

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The San Jose Sharks honored the late Gordie Howe by singling out a section of upper-bowl seats at SAP Center and forming his iconic No. 9 with T-shirts prior to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: #9RIP pic.twitter.com/hqUan7vsK2

Howe, who died Friday at the age of 88, was among the first to don a Sharks jersey at their logo unveiling in 1991. He had 801 goals and 1,850 points in his 26-season NHL career.

Howe, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, played 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. He retired as the League's all-time leader in goals and points. He ranks second in goals behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and fourth in points behind Jaromir Jagr (1,868), Mark Messier (1,887) and Gretzky (2,857).

The Red Wings responded to Sharks' gesture with appreciation.

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: @SanJoseSharks respect. Good luck tonight. #9RIP

The Penguins won Game 6, 3-1, and took their first Stanley Cup since 2009.

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