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Semyon Varlamov held the high-powered Blackhawks offense at bay Tuesday night, stopping 36 shots en route to a 4-2 victory.
Varlamov has faced 35 or more shots in each of his past five games, going 3-2 in that span. The gifted goalie improves to 31-11-5 this season with a .925 save percentage and 2.48 goals against average.
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Goaltender Semyon Varlamov registered 31 saves en route to the Colorado Avalanche's 6-3 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night.
It was Varlamov's 30th win of the season. He has played in 48 games. His goals-against average is now 2.48 and his save percentage, .925.
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In his first game since returning from Sochi, Semyon Varlamov made 40 saves Friday and the Avalanche held on for a 4-2 win against the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center.
Varlamov played a fantastic game and he made 18 saves in the third period, nine on three Coyotes power plays. He now has an impressive 29-11-5 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
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The Colorado Avalanche will start Semyon Varlamov on Friday.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere has been selected to play in Wednesday's contest. Varlamov served as one of Russia's netminders in the Olympics and most of the goaltenders that participated in the Winter Games are getting their respective teams first game off once play resumes.
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Colorado bench boss Patrick Roy feels he had a good conversation with Semyon Varlamov.
Roy may need to help build back Varlamov's confidence after Russia collapsed under the pressure of playing at home in the Sochi Games. "I told him I had the same feeling when we lost in '98 in Nagano," said Roy. "There's a limit sometimes to what you can do as a goalie. ... You always want to do better. But when you wrap up everything, you realize, 'Hey, it's a team game.'" Varlamov is projected to return to practice on Monday, but he isn't expected to start on Wednesday when the Avalanche host Los Angeles.
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Coach Patrick Roy is confident that Semyon Varlamov will bounce back after Russia's disappointing loss in the quarterfinals of the Olympics.
"Varly is a great person and he wants to do well, and I have no doubt in my mind that he's not happy about the way that he played, and he's going to look at himself in the mirror - and I think that's what makes a career," Roy said. "It's not always perfect. That's the way it was for me anyway. I think that's going to make him a better hockey player. It'll prepare him even better for the next time. It's going to help him in his approach to the games he's going to play until the end of the year to the playoffs." Roy has experienced what Varlamov is going through after Canada lost to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano in a shootout. Varlamov traveled back to Denver on Thursday and Roy will speak with him to see if he needs some time to recollect himself.
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Adrian Dater of the Denver Post wonders if Semyon Varlamov's letdown in the Olympics will impact his play once the NHL resumes play.
Varlamov was pulled after allowing three goals on 15 shots in Wednesday's quarterfinals loss to Finland. Russia's defense didn't do him any favors and most professional goaltenders pride themselves on having short memories. Still, losing out on a chance to compete for a medal at home will hurt. We wouldn't be worried about Varlamov, though. He's been resilient after tough games this season and that's the way he has to look at it.
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Semyon Varlamov will get the nod against Finland on Wednesday.
Russia has been splitting its goaltending duties evenly between Varlamov and Sergei Bobrovsky so far. Both netminders have been great, so it hasn't been an issue thus far, but it will be interesting to see if Russia goes back to Bobrovsky for the semifinals if Varlamov ends up winning this quarterfinal match for them.
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Semyon Varlamov turned aside all 27 Slovakian shots he faced in a 1-0 shootout victory for Russia.
Russia's offense is supposed to be it's strong suit, but that hasn't been apparent so far in the Olympics. Instead it was Varlamov that bailed them out of a potentially embarrassing loss today. It will be interesting to see if they stick with Varlamov or go back to Sergei Bobrovsky, who held his own against the United States for the most part, but struggled in the shootout.