Varlamov Could Be The Answer to Capitals Goaltending Woes

Wayne VienerContributor IMay 5, 2009

Pictured above is the best save of the 2009 playoffs and probably the best save the Capitals have ever made.

Simeon Varlamov robbed "The Kid" Crosby and saved the game.  He may have even "turned the worm" for the snake-bit franchise. 

I do not believe that the Capitals have ever had the hot goalie.  They have the hot goalie now.

Often, in playoffs past, it was the opposition goalie that turned in the best performance of a lifetime.  In fact it was expected, just as the performance of King Henry was a foregone conclusion of the first playoff series. 

Except that when it came time to win, the Capitals solved King Henry and Varly became the star.

What a sweet turnaround for the Capitals and their long-suffering fans.  A win in this series versus the Penguins and it would be the furthest advancement in the playoffs for a DC professional team since the 1998 season when the Caps went to the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Here is a list of goalies that come to mind over the past 15 to 20 years for the Capitals:


This year

Michal Neuvirth—Hershey Bears/Wash Caps

Jose Theodore

Brent Johnson

Simeon Varlamov


Last Year

Christobal Huet

Olaf Kolzig



Mike Liut

Pete Peeters

Rick Tabaracci

Byron Dafoe


Some Others that Might Ring A Bell (or hit a post)

Bernie Wolfe

Maxime Ouellet (recent)

Clint Malarchuk

Al Jensen

Jim Carey

Donnie Beaupre

Craig Billington

Jim Hrivnak

Pat Riggin