Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins says Stars fan taunted him about Matiss Kivlenieks' death before game

Merzlikins, 27, 月曜日の夜の後に記者団に語った 4-1 トンネルを歩きながらファンに勝つ “挑発” キブレニクスの死について彼, who died over the summer after being struck in the chest with a firework.

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I strongly believe I was expecting a shutout, because I believe in karma. There are some stupid people in this world. It was really bad, what happened when I was walking out. There was a fan from Dallas who provoked me about Matiss,” 彼は言った, 経由して ESPN.

COLUMBUS, OH - 10月 25: Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins #90 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to a game against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena on October 25, 2021 in Columbus, オハイオ.  (Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, OH – 10月 25: Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins #90 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to a game against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena on October 25, 2021 in Columbus, オハイオ. (Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images) (Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images)

“番号,” Merzlikins replied when asked if he responded. “Stupid people don’t come into my head. I leave them there. I didn’t get upset. I just realized how stupid people are. I don’t care what he said.

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One video from the Blue Jackets Instagram Stories was circulating on social media and appeared to catch a fan shoutingdon’t light a firework.

The Blue Jackets and stadium security are attempting to identify the fan, アスレチックの Aaron Portzline reports.

Merzlikins said during a memorial service in July for Kivlenieks, who was both a friend and teammate, that hedied a heroafter saving him and his pregnant wife.

五月 8, 2021; Columbus, オハイオ, 米国; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) makes a save in net against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

五月 8, 2021; Columbus, オハイオ, 米国; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) makes a save in net against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

He saved not just many lives, but when it happened, I was standing 20-30 feet back of him and I was hugging my wife,” 彼はその時に言った. “I was hugging my wife. He saved my son, he saved my wife, and he saved me.

Elvis Merzlikins stopped 31 の 32 shots on Monday and is unbeaten in four starts this season.

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