The Russian goalkeeper repeated the incredible achievement of 96 years ago. America is shocked

Semyon made a shutout in the match with the Rangers, becoming the most discussed player of the meeting.

Russian goalkeeper “Islanders” does not miss for the fourth time in a row at “Madison Square Garden”. Along with the victory over the Rangers, Semyon Varlamov set a unique achievement for the NHL.

And caused a stormy reaction among Americans. In the US, just shocked by his game!

He got out of hibernation

But just a month ago, the Russian was on the verge of leaving New York. He played irregularly – thanks to his brilliant partner Ilya Sorokin – and out of hand. By March 8, Varlamov had six consecutive defeats, and the unsuccessful series lasted from the end of January. A whole month without victories is incredibly difficult for any goalkeeper who may lose confidence and self-confidence.

Semen Varlamov / Photo: © REUTERS / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

By the end of the transfer season, he was actively courted in “Toronto”, where the goalkeepers are in trouble with stability, but then there was information that the “Islanders” are still counting on Varlamov. It turned out, not in vain! The unsuccessful series ended on International Women’s Day, and then the Russian began the best period of the season. First, he played 10 matches in March: for comparison, before that Varlamov played so much for December, January and February combined. Secondly, having received enough playing practice, he returned to optimal shape and gave 5 victories in those meetings that he played in its entirety.

It was impossible to choose a better timing – at the end of March Sorokin suffered a minor injury, so Varlamov returned to the forgotten role of the main goalkeeper, and then just as triumphantly began April.

“Varlamov Complex”

New York is almost the goalkeeper capital of the NHL right now. Igor Shesterkin from Rangers, despite rare failures, still looks luxurious with the highest percentage of rebounds (93.4), and Sorokin from Islanders in this indicator, as well as in terms of reliability and shutouts, is consistently in the five.

At the same time, in fact, the best goalkeeper in the Big Apple is none other than the modest Varlamov! In the face-to-face confrontation between the two New York teams, he has the most incredible statistics of all goalkeepers: six wins out of seven, including five shutouts.

Varlamov scored the fifth “rusk” last night, reflecting 27 shots in the match against the Rangers, which came close to meeting four victories in a row. But the Russian goalkeeper managed to restrain the attacks of the hosts, who threw the guests in each of the periods, and, unlike Shesterkin, did not miss. Three unanswered puck flew into the goal of the latter, one for every twenty minutes.

Varlamov became the second star of the meeting, and his expressive game infuriated the Rangers fans incredibly: “He seems to hate our team. Otherwise, such a cool game can not be explained. The Blucherts should probably develop the Varlamov complex. But fans of the Islanders, and neutral Americans share their delights and surprises from Varlamov’s incredible game. America is shocked by Semyon’s confident actions within the “islanders”.

By the way, in this match he recorded not only a victory, but also an unusual record: Varlamov became only the second goalkeeper in the history of the NHL, who made four consecutive shutouts away with the same team. Alec Connell, who left Ottawa four times away from the New York team, could boast of such an achievement before. And that was 96 years ago!

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