Comrade of the Night-Semyon Varlamov

(courtesy of the AP)

After battling a nagging groin injury in the beginning of the season and being rotated in and out of the line-up with Michal Neuvirth it appears Semyon Varlamov is finally finding his game. Varly made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season against the Montreal Canadiens last night to give head coach Bruce Boudreau a mighty hard task on who to start for the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day.

Varlamov notched just his sixth win of the year on the heels of his fifth two days ago against Carolina. While he has shown some stability in his game it’s not guaranteed that he will get a brunt of the starts as both he and his counterpart Neuvirth have shown their inconsistency.

Varlamov spoke after the game to media with the help of Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, who translated. It was however interesting to see him use the aid of a translator since having done at least one interview in English by himself. Both videos can be found below

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