A goal is a good way to bounce back. Two goals? Even better.
And then there's what Timo Meier did on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring three goals for his first career hat trick.
The night was already pretty special for the Sharks. Defenseman Mario Ferraro and forward Joel Kellman both scored their first career goals earlier in the game. So Meier's first goal - his 12th of the season - seemed somewhat standard after two "grab those pucks!" goals.
Video: PHI@SJS: Meier deflects home the shot from Burns
Evander Kane brought the puck down around the Flyers net, passing it up to Brenden Dillon at the point, who went D-to-D with Brent Burns. Burns shot it from the point, and Meier deflected the puck in to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead.
The next period, the Flyers scored early on, cutting the Sharks lead to 3-1. Heading off any thoughts of a Flyers comeback, Evander Kane picked up the puck in his own zone, breaking out a two-on-one with Timo Meier. At the dots, Kane sauced the puck over to Meier, who buried it to give the Sharks back a three-goal lead.
Video: PHI@SJS: Meier finishes off the feed from Kane
And Meier wasn't done yet - after all, this is an article about a hat trick.
Midway through the third period, the magical duo of Kane and Meier teamed up again. Barclay Goodrow dumped the puck in for Evander Kane, who picked it up behind the net and brought it around. He passed it to Meier, who was standing all alone at the side of the goal, and Meier tapped it in.
Video: PHI@SJS: Meier taps home feed from Kane for hat trick
Cue the hats!
The Sharks ended up defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1, getting out of their losing streak and back in the win column.
"Yeah we have to play a full 60 min game, everybody individually but as a team to have success in this league," said Meier postgame. "I thought today was one of our better efforts but now we have to move on and keep improving."
Despite the three goals and win, Meier barely cracked a smile - a phenomenon that fans definitely noticed and enjoyed. You've heard of Angey Joe? Introducing Mad Timo.
Video: Meier speaks postgame vs Flyers on 12/28