Semyon Varlamov named one of the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ of the Week

Feb 24, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL announced on Monday that Semyon Varlamov has been named one of the league’s ‘Three Stars’ of the Week.

Varlamov’s solid play between the pipes has been a big reason the Avs have climbed back to within a single point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The 30-year-old goaltender went 3-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and posted .964 save percentage last week, while helping guide the Avs to a four-game winning streak.

Over his last three starts, Varlamov recorded the fifth 40-save shutout of his career in a 3-0 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 18. Varlamov then followed it up with 26 saves in a 7-1 beatdown of the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 20. Most recently, ‘Varly’ capped the week with 41 saves in Colorado’s 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 22.

In 41 total games this season, Varlamov has a record of 17-15-8 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.