Varlamov gave up two goals on 48 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Lightning in Thursday's Game 6.
The 46 saves were a career high in a playoff game for Varlamov, but it wasn't enough to keep the Islanders' season alive. Varlamov gave up 16 goals in six contests during the series versus the Lightning. The Russian netminder posted a .921 save percentage on 203 shots. It's expected Varlamov will compete with rookie Ilya Sorokin for playing time in 2020-21.
Varlamov will tend the twine for Thursday's Game 6 against Tampa Bay, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
The Russian stood tall in Game 5's big win, stopping 36 of 37 shots he faced in the overtime victory. Across the series, Varlamov has gone 2-2-0 along with a 2.65 GAA and .910 save percentage in five games. Expect Varlamov to be on the top of his game for the win-or-go-home Game 6.
Varlamov turned aside 36 shots Tuesday in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Tampa Bay.
Varlamov was locked in for the Islanders, his only blemish coming on a Victor Hedman blast from the slot after Varlamov had kicked out a massive rebound. Since allowing five goals in the series opener, Varlamov has responded with a .931 save percentage over the last four games. If he can replicate this level of play in Game 6 on Thursday, the Islanders will have a puncher's chance of pushing the series to its limit.
Varlamov is the confirmed starter for Game 5 on Tuesday against Tampa Bay, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
The Russian netminder wasn't terrible in the Game 4 loss, turning aside 32 of 35 shots, but he'll need to do better for the Islanders to stave off elimination Tuesday. It's also worth noting that Varlamov has surrendered three goals or more in five of his last six appearances, so those tempted to roll with the underdog Isles in DFS formats may want to think twice about rostering the veteran.
Varlamov stopped 32 of 35 shots Sunday in a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4.
The Lightning took the lead with a pair of goals 12 seconds apart in the second period and New York was unable to muster any offense in response. It was tough to blame Varlamov on any of the three goals he allowed, but the 32-year-old has now given up 13 goals through the first four games of the series (.889 save percentage).
Varlamov will protect the net in Sunday's Game 4 versus the Lightning, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Varlamov notched his first win in nearly two weeks Friday, steering away 34 of 37 shots to make the series 2-1. He's been a bit up and down lately, but when Varlamov gets hot, it's tough to get anything by him. Still, the Lightning were without Brayden Point (undisclosed) in Game 3, and the dynamic center could return for this contest.
Varlamov stopped 34 of 37 shots in Friday's 5-3 win over the Lightning in Game 3.
Varlamov let a two-goal lead slip away in the third period, but the Islanders' offense bounced back to avoid going down 3-0 in the series. The win was Varlamov's 10th of the postseason in 17 outings, and his first of the Eastern Conference finals. The Russian has a .913 save percentage in the playoffs -- with the win, it's likely he starts again in Sunday's Game 4 with a chance to tie the series.
Varlamov will patrol the crease in Game 3 against the Lightning on Friday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Varlamov bounced back well in Game 2, stopping 19 of 21 shots, but he still took the loss as the Islanders were only able to score one goal. The 32-year-old netminder owns a 3.48 GAA and .853 save percentage over his last four appearances and hasn't won a start since Aug. 29.
Varlamov made 19 saves Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2.
It was a tough outcome for Varlamov, who appeared to be screened on Victor Hedman's first-period point blast and had no chance on Nikita Kucherov's game-winning one-timer with under nine seconds left in regulation. Moral victories are of little solace in the postseason, but it was an encouraging performance by Varlamov after he had yielded 14 goals over his previous three starts.
Varlamov will patrol the crease for Wednesday's Game 2 matchup against the Lightning, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Varlamov struggled in a relief appearance in Game 1, surrendering five goals on 25 shots in the 8-2 loss. The Russian struggled in his past two starts before that against Philadelphia, going 0-2-0 along with a 3.23 GAA and .857 save percentage in that span. Varlamov is looking for his first win since Aug. 29 in Wednesday's matchup.
Varlamov surrendered five goals on 25 shots in relief of Thomas Greiss in Monday's 8-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1.
Neither goalie was particularly effective in Monday's game. Varlamov has now allowed 14 goals over his last three outings, but two of those contests went into overtime. His struggles have made for a tough decision for head coach Barry Trotz regarding his starting netminder for Wednesday's Game 2.
Varlamov made 26 saves in Thursday's 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Flyers in Game 6.
The Islanders were the better team for much of the night -- Philadelphia had just seven shots on goal at the game's midway point -- but the Flyers were opportunistic on the few scoring chances they did generate. It resulted in the first five-spot against Varlamov in the playoffs, and he's now given up nine goals on 63 shots (.857 save percentage) over the past two games.
Varlamov will tend the twine for Thursday's Game 6 showdown against the Flyers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The 32-year-old was a hard-luck loser in Game 5's overtime loss, surrendering four goals on 32 shots. Varlamov has been solid in the series across four appearances, going 2-1-0 along with a 2.32 GAA and a .918 save percentage. With a stout Barry Trotz-style defense in front of him, Varlamov has a great chance of advancing to his first conference final.
Varlamov turned away 28 of 32 shots Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia in Game 5.
It would be difficult to pin blame on Varlamov this one. Two of the Flyers' goals came via deflection and another was a one-timer on an odd-man rush. Varlamov and the Islanders remain in good position with a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6. He'll take a .929 postseason save percentage into that tilt Thursday.
Varlamov is starting Game 5 on Tuesday against Philadelphia, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Varlamov turned aside 62 of 66 combined shots in Games 1-3, and after giving way to Thomas Greiss in a back-to-back scenario in Game 4, he's back between the pipes as the Islanders look to eliminate the Flyers. With a stout Barry Trotz-style defense in front of him, Varlamov has a great chance of advancing to his first conference final Tuesday.
Varlamov turned away 26 of 27 shots in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 3 on Sunday.
Varlamov was chased to the bench in Game 2 but rebounded nicely Saturday with a near-perfect performance. The only goal he allowed was a Tyler Pitlick shot through heavy traffic late in the first period. Varlamov slammed the door the rest of the way and now possesses a sparkling 1.69 GAA and .935 save percentage in the postseason. He'll face a quick turnaround with Game 4 scheduled for Sunday night.
Varlamov will patrol the blue paint in Game 3 on Saturday against Philadelphia, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
After shutting the Flyers out in a Game 1 victory, Varlamov was shelled for three goals in the first period of Game 2 before he was removed from the contest. Head coach Barry Trotz has enough faith to throw the 32-year-old back into the starting lineup with his 1.76 GAA and .932 save percentage during the postseason.
Varlamov won't start Game 3 between the Islanders and Flyers as the game has been postponed, Emily Kaplan of ESPN reports.
In addition, Game 3 between Vegas and Vancouver has been postponed as the NHL has decided to follow the NBA's lead and not play any games Thursday. Both contests will be rescheduled -- the league figures to resume playing Friday or Saturday in conjunction with the resumption of the NBA playoffs.
Varlamov stopped seven of 10 shots before being replaced by Thomas Greiss late in the first period Wednesday during a 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers in Game 2.
Mere moments after he established a new Islanders playoff record with a shutout streak of 138:17, topping the mark set by Hall of Fame goalie Billy Smith in 1980, Kevin Hayes found the back of the net behind Varlamov. Two more first-period goals and a 3-0 deficit later, and the 32-year-old got the hook as Isles coach Barry Trotz tried to wake his squad up. Varlamov still has a 1.76 GAA and .932 save percentage this postseason, so it seems unlikely he'd lose his starting job after one shaky period. Expect to see him back in net Thursday for Game 3.
Varlamov will get the starting nod in Wednesday's Game 2 clash with the Flyers, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Varlamov posted his second straight shutout performance in Game 1 and has racked up six wins in his previous seven outings. The Isles are heading into a back-to-back, so it's possible Thomas Greiss takes Game 3 on Thursday, though Varlamov's performances of late should secure him the starting job for both contests.
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|09/17||vs TB||L 1-2 (OT)||1||2||46||48|
|09/15||@ TB||W 2-1 (2 OT)||1||1||36||37|
|09/13||vs TB||L 1-4||1||3||32||35|
|09/11||vs TB||W 5-3||1||3||34||37|
|09/09||@ TB||L 1-2||1||2||19||21|
|09/07||@ TB||L 2-8||5||20||25|
|09/03||vs PHI||L 4-5 (2 OT)||1||5||26||31|
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