By Matt Wilson, @WilsonSTComms

The home portion of the San Jose Sharks’ quest to bring the Stanley Cup at long last to Northern California begins Monday, April 16, at SAP Center. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

This is Game 3 of a best-of-seven series against Pacific Division rival the Anaheim Ducks. Game 4 is Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Hockey fans can ride Caltrain to the game by getting off at the San Jose Diridon station, located across the street from SAP Center. Trains will run on a typical weekday schedule. The last train on weekdays departs San Jose Diridon station at 10:30 p.m. or 15 minutes after the game ends but departs no later than 10:45 p.m. should the game go into overtime. The train makes all local stops.

If the series continues beyond five games, the teams would play Game 6 in San Jose on Sunday, April 22, at a to-be-determined time. Check the team website for the official game time and Caltrain website for the Sunday service schedule and Caltrain Sharks Service.

Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the new Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day. Parking permits cannot be purchased on the Caltrain Mobile app.

To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trains departing from San Jose beginning at 9 p.m. on game nights.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.=

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