메르즐리킨스, 27, 월요일 밤 이후 기자들에게 말했다 4-1 터널을 걷다 이기다 팬 “도발” Kivlenieks의 죽음에 대해, who died over the summer after being struck in the chest with a firework.
“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,” 그는 말했다, 통하다 ESPN.
“아니,” 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.”
One video from the Blue Jackets Instagram Stories was circulating on social media and appeared to catch a fan shouting “don’t light a firework.”
The Blue Jackets and stadium security are attempting to identify the fan, The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline reports.
Merzlikins said during a memorial service in July for Kivlenieks, who was both a friend and teammate, that he “died a hero” after saving him and his pregnant wife.
“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,” 그는 당시에 말했다. “I was hugging my wife. He saved my son, he saved my wife, and he saved me.”
Elvis Merzlikins stopped 31 의 32 shots on Monday and is unbeaten in four starts this season.