Feb 20 2013; Denver, CO, USA;Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) make a save during the third period of the game against the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Blues 1-0 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
DENVER - The Avalanche needed a bounce to go their way.
"I don't know if he [Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak] was screened or if it was tipped but it just feels real good," David Jones said in a gasp of relief.
They got just that against St. Louis.
The forward scored with just seventeen seconds remaining in overtime to break the tie and give the Avalanche a 1-0 victory. It was an all too frequent sight, the circumstances but not necessarily the outcome.
The Avalanche have been at odds with themselves early this season. When they fail to put the put in the net, this the most prevalent scenario, goalie Semyon Varlamov holds strong as well. Colorado ranked tied-for 21st in goals per game while giving up the fourth most shots per contest. But on the occasion when their offense was rolling the defense became depressed.
Wednesday night, Varlamov held resolute for sixty-four minutes. He turned away 33 shots in the process, and gave the Avalanche the chance they needed at the end.
"That was big thing for me for sure, to get a shutout today," Varlamov said following his second shutout of the season. "[The games] against Edmonton and the last game [versus Nashville], were rough games for me. I gave up ten goals in two games so I was not happy. Then today, good things happened."
Granted, there have been goals which happened in bunches the last few games, the second year Avalanche goalie's overall play is still stifling. He faced 55 shots against Edmonton (a 6-4 loss) and just 38 shots versus Nashville (a 6-5 win).
It was another, all too common, busy night in the crease for Varlamov, but this time with the better ending.
"He's been unbelievable for us. I'm just happy we could pull it out for him. We've come up short a few times and the score hasn't dictated how well he's been playing," asserted Jones. "He's phenomenal. He just makes huge saves for us."
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