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Dose: Varlamov Makes 57 Saves

Friday, November 3, 2017


October was far from a highlight of Semyon Varlamov’s career, but November started out with one.  Varlamov made a career-high 57 saves on Thursday to help Colorado secure a 5-3 win over Carolina.  The Hurricanes managed to record 22 shots in each of the first and third periods and finished the contest with more than double the shots of Colorado (60-27), but it still wasn’t enough to come away with even a point.

 

Obviously any time a team scores five goals it’s not just the netminder that won the game, but it was still by all accounts a contest that the Avalanche should have lost and would have if not for the superb play of Varlamov.  It also dramatically altered his save percentage in a single night as he stood at .904 through seven starts prior to Thursday’s action and jumped to .914 with that contest in the books.

 

It also was a huge bounce-back performance after Varlamov made just 14 saves on 21 shots against Vegas in his previous start on Wednesday.  He’ll get a chance to take a breather now as the Avalanche have Friday off before facing Philadelphia Saturday night.

 

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BOSTON 2 VEGAS 1

 

Maxime Lagace stopped 26 of 28 shots last night.  He’s begun his career with a 0-3-0 record, 4.58 GAA, and .855 save percentage in three games.  Of course he’s in this position because the Golden Knights’ top three goaltenders are all sidelined.

 

Cody Eakin scored the Golden Knights’ only goal.  It was his second marker and seventh point in 12 games this season.

 

Sean Kuraly netted the game-winning goal midway through the third period.  It was the 24-year-old forward’s first career goal in 19 contests.

 

Riley Nash also found the back of the net for the Bruins.  He has a goal and three points in 11 contests this season.

 

Tuukka Rask kicked out 28 of 29 Golden Knights shots.  Going into Thursday’s contest, Rask hadn’t won a game since the season opener on Oct. 5.

 

WASHINGTON 4 NY ISLANDERS 3

 

Lars Eller led the Capitals last night with two goals and an assist.  That gives him three goals and eight points in 12 games this season.

 

The Islanders got a big night out of Anders Lee, even if it was ultimately for naught.  He had two goals and an assist, bringing him up to 15 points in 13 contests.  Lee is on a seven-game point streak and this was his second three-point contest over that span.

 

John Carlson assisted on two of Washington’s four goals.  He hasn’t found the back of the net yet, but he has nine helpers in 13 games.

 

Braden Holtby turned aside 35 of 38 Islanders shots.  He has a 6-3-0 record, 2.79 GAA, and .919 save percentage in nine starts.

 

Jaroslav Halak surrendered four goals on just 19 shots.  He’s allowed at least three goals in seven of his eight starts this season.

 

OTTAWA 3 DETROIT 1

 

Anthony Mantha was the only Red Wings player to score a goal last night.  His sixth marker of the season came at 16:37 of the third period.

 

That spoiled Craig Anderson’s shutout bid, but he still stopped 24 of 25 shots.  He has a 5-2-3 record, 2.92 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 10 starts.

 

Mark Stone scored a goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to eight goals and 14 points in 13 games.

 

Alexandre Burrows also found the back of the net for Ottawa.  It was his second goal and fourth point in 13 contests.

 

Jimmy Howard stopped 27 of 29 Senators shots last night.  He has a 5-5-0 record, 2.53 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 11 starts.

 

NY RANGERS 2 TAMPA BAY 1 (OT)

 

J.T. Miller scored the overtime winner.  It was his third goal and 11th point in 14 games this season.

 

Chris Kreider accounted for the Rangers’ other goal.  That gives him four goals and seven points in 14 contests.

 

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots against the red hot Lightning.  It’s encouraging to see that from him, especially after he allowed four goals in back-to-back starts.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned aside 33 of 35 shots on Thursday.  He has a 10-1-1 record, 2.42 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 12 starts.

 

Yanni Gourde scored the Lightning’s lone goal.  He has three goals and eight points in 14 games.

 

COLUMBUS 7 FLORIDA 3

 

James Reimer got the start, but was yanked halfway through the game after allowing four goals on 19 shots.  Antti Niemi stepped in and stopped 18 of 21 shots in the losing effort.  Niemi has a 6.74 GAA and .822 save percentage in five games between Pittsburgh and Florida.

 

If there was a silver lining for Florida, it came from Vincent Trocheck, who scored a goal and registered two assists.  He’s off to a strong start with five goals and 14 points in 12 games.

 

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two goals, including the game-winner.  He has four goals and eight points in 13 contests this season.

 

Boone Jenner scored a goal and registered two assists.  The Blue Jackets forward had a goal in five contests prior to Thursday’s contest.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky saved 31 of 34 shots last night.  He’s won his last four starts and has allowed eight goals over that span.

 

PHILADELPHIA 2 ST. LOUIS 0

 

Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves to earn his first shutout of the 2017-18 campaign.  He has a 1.83 GAA and .941 save percentage in five starts, which contrasts Brian Elliott’s shaky start to the season.  There might be a battle for the starting job brewing.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko fired a team-high five shots on goal for St. Louis.  While he didn’t get anything last night, he still has an impressive six goals and 14 points in 14 games.

 

Claude Giroux scored a goal and registered an assist.  He’s up to seven goals and 16 points in 14 contests this season.

 

Sean Couturier assisted on both of the Flyers’ goals.  That gives him nine goals and 17 points in 14 games.

 

Jake Allen stopped 21 of 22 Flyers shots.  He’s allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last four starts.

 

MINNESOTA 6 MONTREAL 3

 

Brendan Gallagher found the back of the net twice for Montreal.  He has six goals and 10 points in 13 contests this season.

 

This was another rough start for Carey Price, who surrendered five goals on 26 shots.  That drops him to a 3-7-1 record, 3.77 GAA, and .877 save percentage in 11 starts.

 

Devan Dubnyk picked up his third straight win by stopping 28 of 31 shots.  He has a 4-3-1 record, 3.03 GAA, and .905 save percentage in eight starts.

 

Matt Cullen scored a goal and registered an assist on Thursday.  He has a goal and four points in 11 games.

 

Mikko Koivu assisted on two of Minnesota’s six goals.  That gives him four markers and eight points in 11 contests.

 

WINNIPEG 5 DALLAS 2

 

Mark Scheifele led the charge with a hat trick.  He’s up to seven goals and 15 points in 12 contests this season.

 

Blake Wheeler assisted on three of the Jets’ five goals.  He has four goals and 15 points in 12 games.

 

Mattias Janmark found the back of the net for Dallas.  It was his third goal and eighth point in 13 contests.

 

Ben Bishop kicked out 22 of 26 Jets shots.  He’s allowed at least three goals in five of his last six starts.

 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 of 23 shots last night.  That extended his incredible start that now includes a 7-0-1 record, 1.92 GAA, and .938 save percentage.

 

COLORADO 5 CAROLINA 3

 

As mentioned above, Semyon Varlamov’s performance was the highlight of the night as he stopped 57 of 60 shots.  He has a 5-3-0 record, 3.01 GAA, and .914 save percentage in eight starts.

 

At the other end of the ice, Cam Ward surrendered five goals on 27 shots.  The former Hurricanes starter has been used sparingly this season as that was only his third game.

 

Elias Lindholm accounted for seven of Carolina’s shots and was rewarded with a goal.  He has three goals and seven points in 11 contests this season.

 

Gabriel Landeskog scored the game-winning goal.  It was his fourth marker and eighth point in 12 contests.

 

Carl Soderberg scored a goal and registered an assist for Colorado.  That gives him two goals and six points in 11 games.

 

CALGARY 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (OT)

 

Mark Giordano netted the overtime winner.  It was his second goal and fifth point in 13 games.

 

Sean Monahan also found the back of the net for Calgary.  He has seven goals and 11 points in 13 contests.

 

Mike Smith turned aside 43 of 44 shots last night.  He’s faced some elite forwards over his last three starts against Pittsburgh, Washington, and Dallas, but he’s allowed just four goals over that span.

 

Patric Hornqvist scored the Penguins’ only goal on Thursday.  He has five goals and seven points in 12 contests in 2017-18.

 

Tristan Jarry turned aside 32 of 34 Flames shots.  It was his first start of the season and the second of his career.

 

BUFFALO 5 ARIZONA 4

 

The Coyotes managed three goals in the final eight minutes of the contest, but that comeback fell short.  Consequently, they’re a pitiful 1-12-1 this season.

 

Benoit Pouliot scored twice and registered an assist for Buffalo.  That gives him four goals and six points in 13 contests.

 

Ryan O'Reilly assisted on three of the Sabres’ five goals.  He has four markers and 11 points in 13 games.

 

Christian Dvorak scored a goal and registered an assist.  The Coyotes forward has two goals and eight points in 14 contests.

 

Antti Raanta made his return from a lower-body injury and stopped 26 of 31 shots.  He has a 0-2-1 record, 4.08 GAA, and .885 save percentage in four starts.

 

Robin Lehner allowed four goals on 29 shots last night.  He’s surrendered at least three goals in five of his last six starts.

 

LOS ANGELES 5 TORONTO 3

 

Tanner Pearson assisted on three of the Kings’ five goals.  He’s up to two goals and seven points in 13 contests.

 

Tyler Toffoli netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner.  He’s found the back of the net in three of his last four games.

 

Auston Matthews scored a goal and registered an assist last night.  The Maple Leafs forward has 10 goals and 18 points in 14 contests.

 

Curtis McElhinney surrendered five goals on 28 shots.  He has a 1-1-0 record, 4.10 GAA, and .869 save percentage in two starts this season.

 

Jonathan Quick stopped 33 of 36 shots last night.  He’s 8-2-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .939 save percentage in 11 starts.



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