/ courtesy of Reuters
On Monday night, in just his second playoff start, 20-year-old Simeon Varlamov earned his first victory with a 4-0 shutout over the New York Rangers. Down 2-0 in the quarter final series the Washington Capitals’ goalie was back in net after allowing just one goal in game 2. He would be perfect in his first trip to MSG stopping all 33 shots thrown on him by the blueshirts.
The Samara native who replaced Jose Theodore after his horrendous game in the opener, never seemed to panic showing signs of experience despite being featured in just six games for the Caps in the regular season. Despite giving up rebounds he would take away any opportunity the Rangers would have on their second or third chances. Since allowing the goal in the first period of game 2, Varlamov has kept the Rangers off the board for 112 minutes.
He also seemed rather unfazed by the antic’s by hockey’s public enemy no.1 Sean Avery. Avery was trying to raddle the rookie who never seemed to acknowledge him probably because of the language barrier. Avery would receive a 10-minute misconduct for punching Varlamov in the head late in the third period.
This isn’t the first time a young Russian goalie has gotten hot in the playoffs. If you remember in 2006, then Ducks keeper Ilya Bryzgalov tied the NHL record for consecutive shutouts with 3 before losing his touch and finding his way back to the bench. Varalmov will hope to contine you his good fortune as the Caps take on the Rangers in game 4 at 7pm at MSG.
Video of Avery’s antics in their finest