July 11th, 2011

Semyon Varlamov’s Moment

After reading this interview of Semyon Varlamov by Katie Carrera, it was hard not to think of the high point of his time in Washington—namely, the first few minutes of joy after the Caps dispatched the Rangers in Game Seven of their first round playoff series in 2009.

Though Sergei Fedorov was the hero of Game Seven with a game-winning goal that nearly blew the roof off the place, Varlamov was the hero of the series after stepping in for a faltering Jose Theodore. Without his work in net, there’s little doubt in my mind Washington would have been dispatched in four or five games, and the historical clash between the Penguins and the Caps that took place in the next round would have never come to pass.

Running through the hallways on the press level in the moments after the end of the game, I made sure I had my video camera out and running once I got to the Washington locker room. And here’s what I saw when I got there:

Good luck to Semyon and thanks for that memory. It’ll last a very long time.

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