It is never an easy job for a goaltender to play the position of a goalie in the NHL day in and day out. There is one goalie that has risen to the occasion.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has had a solid season for the surprise Avalanche team and showed his superb play against the Philadelphia Flyers, making 28 saves and keeping the early lead stand despite a Flyers team that kept pushing forward and creating pressure. The save that was the most impressive was a glove save with two minutes remaining in the game. Varlamov has come a long way since last season. He did not perform well in the lockout-shortened season, as he only recorded 11 wins in the 35 games that he started and added on a career worse 3.02 goals allowed on average. This has been a better season for him, as he has 18 wins on the season, which he is closing in on doubling his win total from last year.
From what fans and people have seen, they have to be impressed with how Varalmov has played in his third season with the Avalanche after coming over from the Washington Capitals. The Russian goaltender has had a solid year, which can explain the success for the surprising Avalanche team, who are in the thick of the playoff race halfway through the season. As long as Varalmov continues to play well, there is no doubt that the Avalanche will make some noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, especially in the Western Conference.