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Varly Victimized, Caps Lose Again

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by mwalle1

The Caps dropped their second straight game Thursday night after winning 14 in a row, losing 6-5 to the Ottawa Senators in a game that featured an Alex Semin hat trick and the return of goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

Varly played two games for the Capitals minor league team, the Hershey Bears, but hadn’t played an NHL game since he was sidelined on December 7th with various injuries.  In his return Thursday night Varlamov appeared slow, out of position, and was a big reason the Caps lost.

After watching the rookie goalie get victimized I called a Hershey season ticket holder I know, Darren Johnson, the get the scoop on Varly’s two reconditioning stints.  I had read the reports, but I wanted a fresh perspective.

“Varly came up here and looked great after a 4-1 Bears win, but injured himself again in the process,” said Johnson.  “The second game he played in, a 5-4 Bears win, he was just good enough to get them the win, nothing special.  At times he was out of position and didn’t really look like the Varlamov we’re all used to.  The Bears and the Caps have so much offensive firepower that goalies just need to not lose the game, they don’t have to steal wins and Varly looked Thursday night like he looked in his second rehab start and that’s not a good thing.  I think he came back from his injury the first time a little early.”

Varlamov is still an impressive 12-2-2 with a 2.44 GAA and a .916 SV%, but what looked like a Calder Trophy year for Varly has turned into one filled with injuries and doubt and a now has Caps fans wondering if he will be ready for another lengthy playoff run come Spring.