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Video: Semyon Varlamov’s stunning save against Chicago

Oct 21, 2011, 12:33 AM EDT

Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman caught a lot of heat this summer when he traded a 2012 first-round pick and a second-round selection in either 2012 or 2013 to Washington for Semyon Varlamov.

Months later, that heat seems to have cooled. Colorado is off to a great start and so far, Varlamov has been worth the investment. (Emphasis on the “so far” part.)

Tonight, the Avs were on the losing end of a 3-1 scoreline against Chicago — but the goaltending was stellar. Varlamov stopped 27 of 29 shots and earned first star honors, highlighted by this save on Marcus Kruger with five minutes to go in the third period:

With a .938 save percentage and a goals-against average hovering around 2.00, Varlamov is putting up similar numbers to those Craig Anderson posted during Colorado’s surprising 2009-10 campaign. The Avs came into that season with tempered expectations, but stunned the NHL by making the playoffs and giving top-seeded San Jose a fight in the opening round.

Varlamov’s got the talent to replicate that kind success, but will need to stay healthy to do so — and historically, that’s been a problem. A litany of groin and knee problems have limited him to just 57 starts over the last four seasons, not the kind of numbers you’d expect from a No. 1 netminder.

  1. kappy32 - Oct 21, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    How about you catch up to the times & start embedding iPad-compatible videos? Thanks.

  2. bcjim - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    How about Apple catches up with the times and makes devices that play any video?

    St Jobs has gone to his heavenly home and cannot enforce his petty biases from beyond the grave..

  3. mkil1390 - Oct 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    skyfire app.

  4. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Corey Crawford still had the better game.

  5. danphipps01 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    See, the dive move never works when Luongo does it. Then again, he does it about three seconds earlier and leaves the shooter an open net while he flops around on the ice.

  6. lsxphotog - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Varlamov is a starting goaltender and I’m glad he’s playing with the Avs. Should be interesting to see how he does with them since they shouldn’t be a very good team. They seem to have all the confidence in the world and have been finding ways to win. Go Avs!

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Filthy

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