Simeon Varlamov Should Be a Hero in Washington

Wayne VienerContributor IApril 29, 2009

Lost in all the thrill of the Caps' opening-round victory was the play of Simeon Varlamov. 

In Game Five, he pitched a shutout and only got the third star of the game. 

One of the youngest goalies to shut out the Rangers in the Garden, Varly has been downplayed throughout the series.

Maybe the Caps didn't sing the praises of the now-21-year-old goalie to keep the pressure off of him.  Or, it could be that the lack of Rangers shots may the job a little easier.  Only one NYR shot found the goalie in the third period last night.

It was a bizarre series from the perspective of the goaltenders.  Ranger fans went from chanting "Henry, clap clap, Henry" through the second game of the series to wondering who would bench King Henry in Game Five and again in Game Six. Meanwhile, the shaky start of Jose Three-or-more in Game One led to a rock-solid six games by the rookie Varly.

Varly should be a star in the DC run of the show, "Moscow on the Potomac."  The Verizon Center crows should be rhythmically serenading Varly on every save in the upcoming series versus the hated Penguins.

As an aside, it was a relief to beat the NYR.  They are not truly hated here. It will be joy to beat Pittsburgh.  The only teams we really hate with true venom are the Flyers and Penguins.

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