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Russia tabs Bobrovsky to start against Norway

Feb 18, 2014, 2:27 AM EDT

Sergei Bobrovsky AP

Russia has made its call in goal for the qualification playoff round.

Team Russia announced Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start against Norway instead of Semyon Varlamov.

Varlamov was thought to be the favorite to get the start after he put up a shutout against Slovakia and was outstanding in two starts during round-robin play. Bobrovsky’s lone start came against Team USA, a 3-2 shootout loss in which he stopped 31 shots. While he didn’t play poorly in that game, Varlamov appeared to play better.

Norway is the lowest seed in the tournament after the opening round at 12th overall. Russia was the top team to not get a bye after they finished the round with six standings points. The Russians head into Tuesday’s game (7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN) as heavy favorites.

  1. opattytheirishrover - Feb 18, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    Bob-sky, Varlamov, it doesn’t matter. The Verangian guard will dispatch the bear people with determination and skill. HOLD STEADY VIKING WARRIORS!

    • flylikearaven88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Really bro?

  2. flylikearaven88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Its the Bobinator!

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Perhaps they are saving SV for the games where he hight matter most? Not that Bob has been bad, but SV has had a better year objectively.

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