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

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

From CBS Sports | NHL by Wajih AlBaroudi

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins lost "best friend" and teammate Matiss Kivlenieks this summer, and a man wearing a Dallas Stars sweater gave Merzlikins an unwelcome reminder of the tragedy Monday. The 27-year-old Merzlikins said the man taunted him about Kivlenieks, who died at 24 in a July 4 fireworks accident, before the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over Dallas.

Columbus and Nationwide Arena security are working to identify the fan, according to The Athletic. Merzlikins used the comment as bulletin board material in the meantime.

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