While we at MHH are all a bit more worried about Semyon Varlamov's health than his accolades, the league dropped a Second Star of the Week honor on him this morning. Their blurb:
Varlamov went 3-0-0 with a 0.69 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout to lead the Avalanche (30-25-11, 71 points) to three straight wins. He made 28 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins March 4. Varlamov then stopped all 44 shots he faced in a 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets March 7 to record his 18th career shutout and fifth of the season, including three that have featured at least 40 saves (also Oct. 30 vs. NYI: 40 SV and Jan. 6 at CHI: 54 SV). He capped his performance with 29 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild March 8, extending his shutout streak to 124:19 – just 5:04 shy of his career high set March 1-6, 2012 (129:23). The 26-year-old Samara, Russia, native has appeared in 46 games this season (including 22 consecutive starts), compiling a 22-17-7 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
Apparently you get one star per goal against. Dammit, Tyson Barrie's skate!
Because of course, first star of the week went to noted Avs killer Jiri Hudler.
Varly's performances this week were nothing short of spectacular, especially given that the game in Minnesota was his second start in 22 hours. I was a little surprised to log on this afternoon and see no article for recognizing our backstop's new title, so let's celebrate his week with all the Varly gifs we can find!