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The Columbus blue jackets are trying to identify a supporter after goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins said someone was wearing a Dallas Stars Pull taunted him about the tragic death of teammate Matiss Kivlenieks ahead of Monday night’s game, according to a report.

Merzlikins, 27, told reporters after Monday night’s 4-1 victory that while walking through the tunnel a fan had “provoked” him over the death of Kivlenieks, who died over the summer after being killed. been hit in the chest by fireworks.

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“I firmly believe I expected a shutout, because I believe in karma. There are some stupid people in this world. It was really bad, what happened when I was going out. Dallas fan who taunted me about Matiss, “he said, via ESPN.

COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 25: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins # 90 warms up before a game against the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena on October 25, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson / NHLI via Getty Images)
(Ben Jackson / NHLI via Getty Images)

“No,” Merzlikins replied when asked if he had answered. “Stupid people don’t come into my head. I leave them there. I didn’t get mad. I just realized how stupid people are. I don’t care what he said.”

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A video of the Blue Jackets Instagram Stories was circulating on social media and appeared to surprise a fan shouting “Don’t light fireworks”.

The Blue Jackets and stadium security try to identify the supporter, Athleticism Aaron Portzline reports.

Merzlikins said at a memorial service in July for Kivlenieks, who was both a friend and a teammate, that he had “died a hero” after saving him and his pregnant wife.

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Blue Jackets ‘Elvis Merzlikins says Stars fan taunted him about Matiss Kivlenieks’ death ahead of game

May 8, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, United States; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) makes a net save 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 not only saved many lives, but when it happened I was standing 20-30 feet behind him and kissing my wife,” he said at the time. “I hugged my wife. He saved my son, he saved my wife, and he saved me.”

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




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