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Avalanche goalie Varlamov kept in for eight goals

Dec 6, 2013, 2:15 AM EDT

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The onslaught finally ended at eight goals.

The Colorado Avalanche got to within one goal of the Edmonton Oilers at one point in the second period and then fell apart, particularly in the third, in an 8-2 loss to begin a three-game road trip through Alberta and British Columbia.

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was kept in goal for each one of the eight goals allowed by Colorado. He made only 20 stops, as the Avalanche lost for only the second time in their last six games.

It’s easy to suggest Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy should’ve pulled Varlamov at some point in the third period. After all, Roy, one of the greatest goalies of all time, knows all too well what it’s like to be shelled like this.

He was famously traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Avalanche after allowing nine goals in a loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 2, 1995, according to game logs.

“I could have pulled Varly after the fourth goal, but I thought that would be so unfair,” Roy reasoned afterward, according to The Denver Post.

“They scored two breakaways, 2-on-1 situation, power play perfect shot, and bringing (Jean-Sebastien Giguere) in with three minutes left when it’s 5-2, I think it would have been unfair to him as well. He’s scheduled to play tomorrow. (If he) goes in cold, hurt his groin, we’re not in a better position. And to be honest with you, Varly has nothing to blame himself tonight.”

  1. blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:49 AM


    A quick forensic recap of the current WC standings reveals that the LA Kings are the ‘only’ team to have suffered 1 regulation loss in their last ten games. You gotta love that man ! Anyway, we LA Kings are a ‘free & democratic’ movement and so if any of you guys want to pick up a musket and fall in with us, then please do eh ?… we’ll be glad to have you aboard ! :)

    ps: is that ‘Stanley’ I hear calling ?

    • ryanprzy - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:35 AM

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      • blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        FROM 54 TO 28

        Thank you Ryan and God bless you … I remember being 28 like it was only yesterday, as that was a memorable year for me in ‘more’ ways than one … anyway, I’m glad you enjoy my musical offerings here at PHT, which I’ll have people know ‘always’ carry a message of supportive relevance to the topic at hand … be good friend and let us forever make the most of that which we have today, for yesterday is but a memory and tomorrow is only a hope … Blomfeld

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  2. allday420ap - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    Im sure varlamov’s x-girlfirend couldnt be happier.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:03 AM

    it’s good for varlamov to see a lot of rubber, he’ll be well conditioned for life in chez crowbar should it come to that…

    nightsticks keep falling on my head
    and just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
    nothin’ seems to fit

    those nightsticks are falling on my head, they keep falling

  4. wishingtonredslur - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Patrick Roy Montrealed his own goaltender. The same guy who invented the Carey Price “I give up” arm flap. I think Roy was only in for 6 goals when he blew his top.

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      I remember that game pretty vividly still. Without using wikipedia, I’m pretty sure Roy was left in for more than 6 goals.

      And yes, he didn invent the ‘i give up’ flap. Brilliant game by the Wings that night.

      • withseidelinn - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Pretty sure it was 8 or 9 before he got yanked. He then said he would never play another game for MTL, which actually became true. I don’t know how I know that since I’m 20. I guess TSN comes in handy sometimes.

  5. lopo - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    He was in for all 9.

  6. drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving group of Forsberglers.

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