We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Semyon Varlamov and his ridiculous glove save on Alex Semin.
There was a lot of pressure heading into the year for Semyon Varlamov. Many questioned whether or not he could be a franchise goaltender, and with Hall of Famer Patrick Roy and high regarded goalie coach Francois Allaire behind the bench, all eyes were on Varlamov. During the offseason, Allaire worked extensively with Varlamov to improve his positioning and technical goaltending. The results during the season spoke for themselves. However, you can’t teach athleticism and instincts, and those are two things that “Varly” has always had. If former teammate Washington Capitals Alexander Semin didn’t know just how quick Varlamov could flash the glove, he had an on-ice view when the Carolina Hurricanes met the Colorado Avalanche in October. With the Hurricanes trying to mount a third period comeback, Varlamov robbed Semin in front of the net with his glove. Semin’s reaction to the no-goal says it all. He just looks to the sky, knowing that he did everything right, he’s an outstanding scorer who was just beat by the better goaltender.
Varlamov made plenty of outstanding saves during his record setting season, but this one stands out as it was early in the season against a 40-goal scorer and former teammate.