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|21 февраля 2013 года.
Varlamov plays star role for Colorado // Denver Post
Semyon Varlamov had allowed five goals in each of his last two starts. Despite the big numbers, the goaltender had played well.
The short-handed Avalanche simply has a hard time these days piling up many shots against opponents.
The Avs again were outshot handily Wednesday night by the St. Louis Blues, but this time Varlamov was unbeatable.
Stopping all 33 shots he faced, Varlamov helped the Avs get a 1-0 overtime victory over the Blues at the Pepsi Center.
David Jones won it with 16.4 seconds remaining in overtime with a shot to the right corner on Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, who made 19 saves.
"I guess I've still got it once in a while anyway," Jones said. "That was probably my first shot on net all night and it goes in. It was a strange game. It was one of those nights where it seemed like it wasn't going to happen for me and then I get one with almost no time left.
"Matt Hunwick made the play, getting the puck up the ice like he did, and then moved over and kind of gave me a seam to shoot at."
The Avs evened their overall record at 7-7-1.
Despite getting outshot 31-16 through the first three periods, the Avs got the game to overtime and then earned the two points thanks to the outstanding work of Varlamov.
"I played pretty good tonight, but I wasn't happy with the last two games," Varlamov said. "I gave up 10 goals. It doesn't matter how many shots you see, your job is to stop them."
The Avs were outshot 24-10 through the first two periods. Colorado's best scoring chances came from winger Jamie McGinn, who hit the post on one shot and had a breakaway that was broken up at the last second.
Varlamov was excellent for the Avs in keeping St. Louis off the scoreboard.
While St. Louis did have a big edge in shots, the Avs protected the front of the net pretty well. Most of the shots were from the perimeter, but there were a couple of close calls.
The Avs just couldn't get much established in the Blues' zone. St. Louis is big and fast, and the Blues get the puck up the ice quickly. The Avs' offense suffered another blow when veteran Milan Hejduk suffered a torso injury in the second period and didn't return.
Avs winger P.A. Parenteau had a great chance at the game's first goal, cutting to the middle for a wide-open chance about 15 feet out, but his wrister was stopped nicely by Halak.
Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, a potential Calder Trophy candidate, needed help getting off the ice after taking a huge, unpenalized hit from the Avs' Mark Olver. Tarasenko's eyes appeared to roll back in his head after the hit.
Former Avs player Chris Stewart nearly scored for the Blues midway through the third period, and again with about seven minutes left.
Parenteau nearly won it with 1:40 left in overtime, but he was foiled at the goal line by Halak on a 2-on-1 break with Paul Stastny.
Credit: By Adrian Dater, The Denver Post