Semyon Varlamov Posts Back-to-Back Shutouts for the New York Islanders
Semyon Varlamov recorded a shutout on opening night against the New York Rangers on the road. He was not available on Saturday night because he was hurt during warmups. Varlamov was back in action on Monday afternoon and stopped all 27 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins.
Semyon Varlamov made timely save after timely save against Boston. In a shortened 56-game regular season, Varlamov is going to have to stand tall every time he is in the hockey game.
It is very rare for goalies to have back-to-back shutouts to start a regular season. It helps when Head Coach Barry Trotz has a defensive system installed that is also goalie friendly.
Because of Varlamov’s performance, one goal is all they would need on Monday. It wouldn’t be scored 4:09 remaining in the third-period by Jean-Gabriel Pageau. It was assisted by Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask never saw the shot and he finished the game with 16 saves. Rask and Boston also have a very good defensive structured system under Head Coach Bruce Cassidy.
The Bruins are not the same team from last season. They don’t have Zdeno Chara back and David Pastrnak is not expected to return from his injury until mid-February at the earliest.
Islanders in 2021
As for the Islanders, they return the same roster basically from last season. Both of these teams lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions in the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Boston won the Presidents’ Trophy last season and New York didn’t.
Ilya Sorokin is the backup goalie to Semyon Varlamov and Corey Schneider serves as the third goalie on this roster.
Sorokin got lit up for five goals on Saturday night on the road against the New York Rangers. That is a way to forget about your NHL debut and he has a lot of potential to be really good down the road though.
Maybe the presence of Ilya Sorokin has sparked Semyon Varlamov’s play between the pipes. Varlamov also had 24 saves in the season opener.
The goaltending room is the heartbeat of the New York Islanders. You need solid goaltending in order to win a Stanley Cup title in today’s NHL.
As long as Semyon Varlamov is able to keep the starting job, they can potentially make another deep playoff run as long as they can put the puck in the back of the net enough times. Varlamov has been a surprise to start the regular season and he will need to continue to play at a high level for the New York Islanders.
The Boston Bruins (1-1-1) next game will be at home on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-0).
The New York Islanders (2-1-0) next game will be on Thursday night at home against the New Jersey Devils (1-0-1).
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