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Elvis Merzlikins Gets Physical With Tom Wilson

Published December 22, 2023 at 9:40

Merzlikins Loses His Cool on Wilson in Overtime


Known for his colorful character and high emotions, Columbus Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins couldn't hold back after a night filled with Tom Wilson's antics. He lost it in overtime.

In the overtime period, after another aggressive play by Wilson, Merzlikins sent him flying in the net, and started to punch him relentlessly

Coach Pascal Vincent Expresses Disappointment in Merzlikins' Conduct

In a surprising turn, Blue Jackets coach Pascal Vincent openly criticized Merzlikins for losing his cool to Wilson. He even went as far as saying that the goalie's emotional outburst cost the win to the Blue Jackets.

#CBJ coach Pascal Vincent on the Elvis Merzlikins - #ALLCaps Tom Wilson incident in overtime:

"Disappointing. That incident cost us. We have to control our emotions there. It's disappointing."

Merzlikins got a two-minute penalty, which led to a powerplay goal by Alex Ovechkin.

Merzlikins expressed regret for his actions:

#CBJ Elvis Merzlikins after his roughing penalty on #ALLCaps Tom Wilson led to power-play winner:

"I feel guilty. But at the same time, sorry. It's an emotional game. I reacted. Maybe I should control my emotions, but I didn't."

Do you think Merzlikins went too far on the play?

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Elvis Merzlikins Gets Physical With Tom Wilson

Do you think Merzlikins went too far on the play?

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