Washington Capitals’ Semyon Varlamov Growing Into No.1 Role, Shuts Out Sabres

November 26th, 2009 by Dave Nichols Leave a reply »
Washington, D.C.: Semyon Varlamov made the saves, Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr scored the goals, and the Caps' penalty killers put the clamps on in the third period, as the Washington Capitals shut out the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 before a capacity crowd at the house that Abe Pollin built, in the first hockey game since the Capitals' original owner passed away Tuesday. The young goaltender made 25 saves for his first career regular season shutout, many in spectacular fashion, especially in the third period. Varlamov needed to be on his game, as did the Caps penalty killers, in the final frame.  Their leader, Alex Ovechkin, drew a five minute boarding major, with the accompanying game misconduct that went along with it. Ovechkin ran into Patrick Kaleta just 3:38 into the third period from behind, sending the Sabre into the boards face-first.  The replay showed that Ovechkin hit Kaleta in the shoulder, but the hit was hard enough at full-speed to earn the call, much to the chagrin of the Verizon Center faithful. "I just go take a hit and [Kaleta] just fell in the boards. ... Max, it's got to be two minutes," Ovechkin said. "We just watched it a half a dozen times. ...

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