Today is Semyon Varlamov’s 25th birthday. I haven’t loved a goalie as much as I love Varly since Patrick Roy was here in Colorado. (Obviously, Roy is still my favorite, but this Russian netminder is a close second.) I call him Varls, and when people knock him over, I’ve been known to shriek “Darling Varls are you okay?!” If you need further proof of my insanity, just hang out with me for about thirty seconds. Basically, what I’m trying to convey here, is that I LOVE VARLAMOV!
I expect Varls will be starting tonight, and I’m hoping he gets a big, fat W to add to his season statistics. (For those of you flipping out over losing out on 29th place and the 18.8% chance to win the draft lottery, remember: if the Avs win, Columbus/Nashville goes into OT, and Tampa Bay wins/loses in OT or SO, the Avs will still be 29th.)
Now, back to Varlamov…this year hasn’t been his best, but the team has been completely awful in front of him most nights. And he’s still done things like this:
Saves at 1:00, 1:36, 2:11, and 2:32 are particularly spectacular.