WATCH: Marshawn Lynch fires up Sharks fans, leads team out for Game 3

In a must-win Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the San Jose Sharks were in desperate need of going into beast mode to get themselves back into the series. So who did they invite to lead the team out of the dressing room before the game?

Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch. That's who.

The Sharks have a pregame tradition where someone with ties to the Bay Area or the team opens the dressing room door to lead the players out onto the ice. Lynch, an Oakland native, product of the University of California and recently retired NFL star, was the choice for this crucial game.

Clad in a No. 24 Sharks jersey with Beast Mode on the nameplate, Lynch pumped up the crowd before unleashing the Sharks onto the ice.

During his pregame interview, Sharks forward Joel Ward expressed how excited he was about the game, especially with it being at home and he even said how awesome it was to have Lynch there to show his support for the team. Ward did get an extra helmet tap from Lynch on the way out the door.

If you didn't know already, this is the first Stanley Cup Final game ever to be played in San Jose. Beyond Lynch pumping up the team, the Sharks fans brought their A game for the team's intros. That crowd was loud. They've been waiting 25 years for this after all.

Marshawn Lynch hyped up the crowd and the Sharks before Game 3. CSN Bay Area/San Jose Sharks
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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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