ELVIS MERZLIKINS SAYS FAN TAUNTED HIM OVER DEATH OF MATISS KIVLENIEKS MONDAY NIGHT

OCT 26, 2021  (7H43)      TIM TUCKER
Taunting opponents in sports is certainly nothing new, especially when it comes to hometown fans giving it to the visitors. But, there is a line, and it seems that line was crossed on Monday night in a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars.

Columbus beat the Stars 4-1, but overshadowing the victory is the fact that Blue Jackets' goalie Elvis Merzlikins told reporters following the game that someone in a Dallas sweater taunted him over the death of teammate, fellow goaltender and great friend Matiss Kivlenieks.

"There are some stupid people in this world," Merzlikins said. "That was really bad what happened in the tunnel when I was walking out. There was a fan from Dallas who provoked me about Matiss."

"I was expecting a shutout, because I believe in karma," Merzlikins added. "After the first period, the three posts that I got, I really (firmly) believed in karma. I saw that (Matiss) was really there."

Not only was Kivlenieks a great friend to Merzlikins, but by all accounts saved his life over the summer during his tragic death. It has been reported that Kivlenieks shielded Merzlikins and his wife from getting hit by a stray firework during a party on the Fourth of July.

Before the start of this season, Merzlikins vowed he was going to win the Vezina trophy in honour of his friend and teammate. He's off to a great start so far, going 4-0 with a 1.48 GAA and a .952 save percentage.



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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 4 5
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
RYAN HARTMAN
1 2 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
24191838
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+5
2492033
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2192131
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
2391828
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2482028
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
22111426
AARON EKBLAD
+3
24101526
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2352025
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
2391625
VICTOR HEDMAN
+3
2371725
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
TROY TERRY
23151025
TIMO MEIER
+2
18111124
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
SEBASTIAN AHO
+2
23101224
MATT DUCHENE
23131124
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
ROBERT THOMAS
+2
2422024
  COMPLETE STATS