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Fallen Blue Jackets goalie remembered as friend, hero

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks was hailed as a friend and hero during a memorial service held Thursday for the player who died on the Fourth of July from an errant fireworks mortar blast.

Authorities have said the firework at a private home northwest of Detroit tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and was trying to move out of the way of the firework when he was struck.

He suffered chest trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Leaders
Points: O. Bjorkstrand44
Plus/Minus: E. Robinson6
Shots on Goal: C. Atkinson158
PIM: M. Domi75
Win: J. Korpisalo9
Shutouts: E. Merzlikins2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 134 (29)
Shots: 1625 (21)
PP%: 15.4% (27)
Penalty Minutes: 391 (26)
Assists: 238 (25)
SH Goals: 6 (6)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
x-Washington 41 20 8 90
x-Philadelphia 41 21 7 89
x-Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86
x-Carolina 38 25 5 81
x-Columbus 33 22 15 81
x-NY Islanders 35 23 10 80
x-NY Rangers 37 28 5 79
New Jersey 28 29 12 68
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 184 (8)
Shots Against: 1815 (4)
PK%: 78.9% (20)
Penalty Minutes: 359 (30)
Shutouts: 2 (23)
Sv%: 0.899 (22)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
7/24 J. Voracek Traded for Cam Atkinson
7/23 A. Boqvist Traded w/ 3 picks for Seth Jones, 2 picks
7/23 J. Bean Traded for '21 2nd-rd pick
7/15 C. Johnson Contract extended One-year, two-way contract extension
7/4 M. Kivlenieks Deceased
7/3 M. Grigorenko Signed with European team CSKA Moscow-KHL
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