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Karlsson, Meier show support for 49ers in conference championship game

Sharks return favor after San Francisco cheered them on in playoffs last year

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Francisco 49ers supported the San Jose Sharks during their Stanley Cup Playoff run last year, so Erik Karlsson and Timo Meier returned the favor.

The Sharks defenseman and forward headed up the road to Santa Clara to cheer on the 49ers for their conference-championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: The #SJSharks are out here!Big game for the boys. Good luck @49ers!!!#BayAreaUnite | #BeLegendary pic.twitter.com/iUAzAf94dC

The show of support was a measure of payback as during the Western Conference Second Round in 2019, 49ers players Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, Mike Person, Weston Richburg and Laken Tomlinson escorted the Sharks to the ice before Game 7.

When the 49ers were playing in the NFC Divisional playoff last week, the entire Sharks team rocked red team shirts.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Whole team reppin 🏈 Let���s gooooooooo, @49ers!!! #BeLegendary | #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/gft6PhyKqA

With a day off, and the 49ers a win from the Super Bowl, Karlsson and Meier donned personalized jerseys and recorded a special message for San Francisco.

"We're here to cheer on the lovely 49ers," Karlsson said in a video posted to Twitter. "Can't wait to see a win at Levi's Stadium."

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