Elvis Merzlikins Notches Third Shutout in Last Four Games

By Jacob Nitzberg on January 18, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Jan 16, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a glove save against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Holy cow.

Elvis Merzlikins is becoming a nation-wide sensation, and for good reason. 

The Blue Jackets' rookie netminder is playing unbelievably good hockey, and he's doing it game after game. 

Tonight, he thwarted the New Jersey Devils, stopping all 41 shots he faced as the Blue Jackets won 5-0.

The Blue Jackets didn't play well for a majority of the game, but Merzlikins had to be sharp right from the start. The Devils registered 21 shots on goal in the first period, but Merzlikins turned them all away.

What a run it's been. After Joonas Korpisalo tore his meniscus, things were looking bleak as Elvis was thrown into the starter's role with a record of 0-4-4. Since then, Elvis is 8-2 with three shutouts, a .955 save percentage, and a 1.50 goals allowed average.

Welcome to the big time, Elvis. We're glad to have you on our side. 

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