Yeah, I just made up that word, so what? Semyon Varlamov earned it today. A Varlemous performance indeed.
The Russian import from the Capitals didn’t exactly stand on his head when you really analyze the game. But the tough saves needed were very tough ones, none more so than the highway robbery job on Milan Lucic in the third period to preserve what would be the Avs’ 1-0 victory over the defending Cup champs.
A few other observations from the game that had to be sacrificed for the dead tree edition:
- It’s clear the Avs have a better blue line than last year. Very clear. The addition of Jan Hejda (team-high in minutes played, one assist) has helped make it that way already, and the return of Kyle Quincey is also very noticeable. The Avs are doing more of the pushing and shoving in front of their own net, as opposed to, uh, opposite way last year.
Boston had some good first-chance opportunities, but very few second-chance ones. And it was the same for Detroit in the op...