Varlamov stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 6-2 win over Boston in Game 6 on Wednesday.
Varlamov closed out the series -- and the Bruins -- with his third consecutive win, allowing just a pair of Brad Marchand power-play goals. The 33-year-old won four of his five starts against Boston and logged an outstanding .936 save percentage in the series. He'll need to be at his best if the Islanders are to avenge last season's conference finals loss to Tampa Bay.
Varlamov will draw the home start for Wednesday's Game 6 matchup against Boston, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The Russian has been one of the main reasons the Islanders have an opportunity to close out the series Wednesday, as he's gone 3-1-0 along with a 2.32 GAA and .936 save percentage in his past four starts. Barring a complete collapse to suspect play, Varlamov has edged himself ahead of fellow Russian Ilya Sorokin as the preferred No. 1 goaltender for the remainder of the playoffs.
Varlamov stopped 40 of 44 shots in Monday's 5-4 win over the Bruins in Game 5.
Things got a little dicey in the third period when goals by Boston's David Pastrnak and David Krejci cut into New York's 5-2 lead, but Varlamov held on to help give the Islanders a 3-2 series advantage. The 33-year-old was sharp early in the game while the Bruins were all over the Isles, and although he gave up a goal to David Pastrnak just 1:25 in, Varlamov never allowed Boston to make it 2-0, which bought New York time to get settled. Varlamov owns a .925 save percentage in five postseason appearances heading into Game 6 on Wednesday.
Varlamov is starting Monday's Game 5 in Boston, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Varlamov has won two of his three starts in this series and limited Boston to just one goal on 29 shots in Game 4. After losing the starting job to Ilya Sorokin against the Penguins in the first round, Varlamov has reestablished himself as the top option in the Islanders' net.
Varlamov made 28 saves on 29 shots in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 4.
Varlamov surrendered a power-play goal to David Krejci in the second period, but the Islanders responded with four unanswered goals. The Russian goalie has now won two of his last three starts, helping the Islanders to even the second-round series at two games apiece. He seems to have regained the starting role from Ilya Sorokin, so Varlamov should be expected to start a pivotal Game 5 in Boston on Monday.
Varlamov will start Game 4 versus the Bruins on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Varlamov played well in an overtime loss to the Bruins on Thursday. Coach Barry Trotz stated Friday that he was planning on sticking with the same lineup for Saturday. One problem for Varlamov this postseason has been his tendency to give up an early goal, something he has done in four games.
Varlamov stopped 39 of 41 shots Thursday in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins in Game 3.
Varlamov was superb throughout regulation -- the Islanders were outshot 41-29 for the game -- but was caught off guard by Brad Marchand's overtime winner, a long-distance snap shot from along the boards less than four minutes into the extra session. The goal marred an otherwise outstanding performance for the 33-year-old Varlamov, who was making his second consecutive start. He's now 1-3-0 in his four postseason appearances with a .923 save percentage.
Varlamov will patrol the home crease for Thursday's Game 3 against Boston, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
The Russian returned to the net for Game 2, stopping 39 of 42 shots in the 4-3 overtime victory. Varlamov struggled before his Game 2 heroics, going 0-2-0 along with a 3.61 GAA and .903 save percentage in two appearances against Pittsburgh last round. The good news for Varlamov is that he's returning home, where he was strong during the regular season, going 12-3-3 along with a .937 save percentage and 1.87 GAA in 18 appearances.
Varlamov stopped 39 of 42 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins in Game 2.
The Islanders had a 3-1 lead heading into the third period, but the Bruins scored twice on Varlamov to tie the game. The Russian netminder ended up with the win in overtime when Casey Cizikas scored on a breakaway. Given the result in Game 2, it wouldn't be surprising to see Varlamov start again in Thursday's Game 3 at home -- head coach Barry Trotz has shown no hesitation to ride the hot hand.
Varlamov will be stationed between the pipes for Monday's Game 2 tilt in Boston, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Varlamov has watched from the bench for the last four games after giving up five goals and taking the loss in Game 3 against the Penguins in Round 1. The 33-year-old was outstanding against Boston during the regular season; he went 5-1-0 with a stellar 1.93 GAA and .943 save percentage in seven games. Varlamov has given up seven goals on 72 shots in his two postseason appearances.
Varlamov allowed five goals on 27 shots in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 3.
Varlamov didn't have any answers for the Penguins, dropping his second straight start since returning from a lower-body injury in Game 2. Brandon Tanev swatted a loose puck past Varlamov for the winner with 3:36 remaining after the Islanders had battled back from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits in the third period. The 33-year-old Varlamov owns a .903 save percentage in his two starts in the series. It's not out of the question that New York could go back to Game 1 starter Ilya Sorokin on Saturday.
Per Brian Compton of NHL.com, Varlamov was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, indicating he'll be between the pipes at home for Thursday's Game 3 matchup with the Penguins.
Varlamov was fantastic in Tuesday's Game 2 against Pittsburgh, stopping 43 of 45 shots, but he ultimately suffered his first loss of the postseason due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The veteran backstop will attempt to secure his first victory of the playoffs at home Thursday.
Varlamov (lower body) stopped 43 of 45 shots in a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 2 on Tuesday.
The box score looks solid for Varlamov, who missed Game 1 with his injury, but he gave up a soft goal to Bryan Rust that opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game, a harmless looking wrist shot from above the right circle that completely handcuffed the netminder. Jeff Carter made it a 2-0 game just over 10 minutes later, and although Varlamov tightened things up the rest of the way, the Islanders couldn't generate enough offense for a comeback. It will be interesting to see if New York stays with the veteran Varlamov or goes back to Game 1 winner Ilya Sorokin for Game 3 on Thursday.
Varlamov (lower body) is starting Tuesday's Game 2 against Pittsburgh, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Ilya Sorokin held it down in Game 1, emerging with the victory, but it'll be the veteran Varlamov opposing the Penguins in Game 2. He's evidently over his injury and will make his 45th postseason start hoping to build upon his career numbers (2.38 GAA and .917 save percentage) earned with Washington and Colorado.
The Islanders have yet to announce a starter, but Varlamov (lower body) will be an option for Tuesday's Game 2 versus Pittsburgh, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Based on morning skate, Ilya Sorokin appears to be on track to make a second straight start after picking up his first career playoff victory in Sunday's Game 1, but coach Barry Trotz could throw a curve ball and insert Varlamov. Either way, confirmation on the Isles' starting netminder will surface prior to puck drop.
Varlamov (lower body) is expected to practice Monday and could be back as soon as Tuesday's Game 2 against the Penguins, per coach Barry Trotz, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Trotz said the team kept Varlamov out of Game 1 as a precaution to give the goalie a chance to reach full health. Capable No. 2 Ilya Sorokin played well in Sunday's 4-3 Game 1 win and will be in the mix to start Game 2 even if Varlamov is healthy, but it sounds like Varlamov is at least trending toward being able to dress in Game 2 after sitting out the series-opener entirely.
Varlamov (lower body) isn't dressed for Sunday's Game 1 against the Penguins, Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Varlamov had been working to get back into game shape after sustaining an injury late in the season, but he hasn't progressed past skating on his own and won't suit up for Game 1 despite previous optimism that he would be available. Ilya Sorokin will make his postseason debut as the starter, with Cory Schneider backing him up.
Varlamov (undisclosed) skated on his own Friday and will be available for Sunday's Game 1 against the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Coach Barry Trotz hasn't named a Game 1 starter between Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin, but Varlamov will be available at least in a backup role for the series opener. Varlamov was the superior netminder in the regular season, posting a 2.04 GAA and .929 save percentage compared to Sorokin's 2.17 and .918 marks.
Varlamov (undisclosed) once again didn't practice with the Islanders on Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Coach Barry Trotz has stated several times that he isn't worried about Varlamov and that he expects him to be on the ice Friday. Assuming this is true, then Varlamov should be ready to face the Penguins in Game 1 on Sunday.
Varlamov (undisclosed) didn't practice with the Islanders on Wednesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Varlamov was forced to leave the game Monday with what coach Barry Trotz called a strain, but he didn't elaborate any further. Trotz also stated Wednesday that he fully expects Varlamov to be ready when the Islanders open up the playoffs versus the Penguins, possibly Saturday or Sunday.
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|06/09||vs BOS||W 6-2||1||2||23||25|
|06/07||@ BOS||W 5-4||1||4||40||44|
|06/05||vs BOS||W 4-1||1||1||28||29|
|06/03||vs BOS||L 1-2 (OT)||1||2||39||41|
|05/31||@ BOS||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||39||42|
|05/20||vs PIT||L 4-5||1||5||22||27|
|05/18||@ PIT||L 1-2||1||2||43||45|
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