Goalies You Can't Spell Stealing the Blue Jackets' Show

Goalies You Can't Spell Stealing the Blue Jackets' Show

January 21st, 2020 Let me give you a couple of names to think about. Joonas Korpisalo. Elvis Merzlikins. Matiss Kivlenieks. If you're a Columbus Blue Jackets or a die-hard hockey fan, you know who these players are. If not, you're now seeing three reasons why the Blue Jackets are on a roll. Imagine that I...
THW's Goalie News: Player Poll, KHL All-Star Moments & Week in Review

THW's Goalie News: Player Poll, KHL All-Star Moments & Week in Review

January 20th, 2020 It’s Monday and that means we will take a look back at the week that was in National Hockey League goaltending. Also, nearly half the players in the league were polled about who the best netminder in the league is. And finally, the Kontinental Hockey League held their All-Star Game over the...

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January 16th, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nick Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:41 left in the game, Elvis Merzlikins had 32 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Thursday night. Foligno grabbed the loose puck in the slot and fired it past Petr Mrazek’s glove for his first goal in 23 games. Emil Bemstrom and Cam Atkinson also scored for Columbus, which won its third straight despite failing to generate many offensive chances. They are 5-0-1 in the last six. Martin Necas and Jordan Staal scored, and Mrazek had 15 saves for the Hurricanes, who lost their second straight. The rookie Bemstrom — who was headhunted by Boston after he knocked goalie Tuukka Rask out of Tuesday’s game — scored on Carolina 1:07 into the first period with a high wrist shot off the rush. That was one of just four shots the Blue Jackets managed in the first period. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom controls the puck in front of Vegas Golden Knights forward...
January 15th, 2020
Blue Jackets Goaltending

One of the hottest goaltenders in the league stayed perfect against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, rumors are beginning to spread about some veteran netminders that might be on the move at the trade deadline. Merzlikins Stays Perfect Elvis Merzlikins has been a revelation since taking over for Joonas Korpisalo in the Columbus Blue Jackets' net. Despite recording his first NHL win just over two weeks ago, he has been incredible since. He had won three of his last four games entering Tuesday, all on the road, culminating in a 27-save shutout against the Vegas Golden Knights, his first in his NHL career. Elvis Merzlikins, Columbus Blue Jackets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The Blue Jackets called on Merzlikins again in Tuesday's home start against the Boston Bruins, and once again, he was more than up to the task. The Riga, Latvia native made 34 saves in total, six of them on four Bruins' power plays, for his second consecutive shutout. The Atlantic...
January 15th, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-0 Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games. Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus. Merzlikins won for the sixth time in his last eight starts and turned aside all 34 shots he faced. His five wins since Dec. 31 tie him for the NHL lead with Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy. Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak entered the game at 1:12 of the first period after Tukka Rask was inadvertently struck in the head by an elbow in the crease. Halak stopped 24 shots in relief as the Bruins lost their second straight and were shut out for the first time this season. Jaroslav Halak, Boston Bruins (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Wennberg got the Blue Jackets offence going, taking a feed from Vladislav Gabrikov off a pass from Nathan Gerbe at 13:27 of the first period and beat Halak through the...
January 12th, 2020
Blue Jackets Goaltending

Saturday night’s busy schedule across the National Hockey League was full of great goaltending. We saw 13 different goalies allow two or fewer goals, including three shutouts. Elvis Stars in Las Vegas The name Elvis and the city of Las Vegas have gone hand-in-hand for decades and another Elvis had his name on the marquee on Saturday night. It wasn’t Presley, but rather Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. Merzlikins made 27 saves in a 3-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights to pick his first career NHL shutout. "I dreamed about it. Why not? It would be a great feeling to get my first NHL shutout here in Vegas," Merzlikins said after his memorable night. "I saw today people were pumping up, they did a picture of me, that I am in the building. It was pretty funny. "I'm really, really happy and really thankful to my teammates." Merzlikins was definitely having fun as he showed off his air guitar skills right after the final horn sounded....

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Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017