Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins, Joonas Korpisalo need to shed rust after layoff

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Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins, Joonas Korpisalo need to shed rust after layoff
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins, Joonas Korpisalo need to shed rust after layoff

After three months away from the ice, it took only two shots for Elvis Merzlikins to feel like a hockey goaltender again. During his first voluntary workout in the NHL's Phase 2 of returning to play, the Blue Jackets rookie took a shot from teammate Scott Harrington right off the mask. Welcome back, Elvis. "That first week was a little weird because it was really a long time since you'd seen any pucks," said Merzlikins, who remained in Columbus during the NHL's pause for the COVID-19 pandemic. "Then, the second shot, right away, was in the head. I didn't miss that at all, I'm going to be quite honest." Not even a little bit? "Actually, it was a nice feeling … a little," he said. "It was just

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