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Varlamov Named First Star of the Week

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The NHL announced Monday that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been named the league's first star for the week ending Jan. 24.


Varlamov went 4-0-0 in the last seven days, recording a 0.98 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage (138-of-142). He allowed only one goal in each of his four starts.

The Samara, Russia, native began the week by topping the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on the road. The win, which improved
Semyon Varlamov
Goalie  - COL
Record: 4-0-0
GAA: 0.98 | Sv%: .972
Colorado's Central Division Record to 10-3-1, kicked off the Avalanche's current four-game win streak. The Avs' netminder stopped 36 shots in the victory and was named the first star of the game.

Varlamov followed his performance in Winnipeg with a great outing at home at Pepsi Center. He made 27 saves in the Avalanche's 2-1 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday. His efforts earned him the third star of the game.

The 27-year-old then took victories in back-to-back, home-and-away Central Division games. Varlamov first made 33 saves in a 2-1 shootout win—the Avalanche's first shootout of the season—over the St. Louis Blues before standing strong in the team's 3-1 victory at the Dallas Stars less than 24 hours later. He made 42 saves in the contest and earned first star of the game honors in each match.

Varlamov has now won four consecutive starts while only allowing four goals in that span. With the shootout victory, he improved to 25-14 all-time in the skills competition, stopping .746% of shooters (130 attempts, 33 goals allowed). The Russian has also now won ten consecutive starts against Dallas dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season, going 10-0-0 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .935 save percentage (333 saves on 356 shots).

Varlamov is 7-3-0 in 10 starts during the month of January, good for second in the league in wins in that time. He has also posted a 2.50 goals-against average and .926 save percentage (553 minuntes, 310 shots, 23 goals) during that stretch. His strong play between the pipes has helped the Avs an 8-4-0 record in the first month of 2016, good for second in the NHL (tied) in both wins and points.

Varlamov has compiled a 19-12-3 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 35 games this season, which includes one shutout. He has 19 scoreless contests in his career.

Varlamov is ranked second in Avalanche history with 125 wins, trailing only former goaltender and current head coach Patrick Roy (262). The young Russian's 243 games played puts him second all-time in the club's annals as well, one ahead of Peter Budaj (242). Roy (478) is the only keeper with more under his belt. Varlamov is also tied with Roy for the best save percentage in team history (.918).

Colorado's current No. 1 netminder was named to the Avalanche's 20th Anniversary Team, which was honored in a pregame ceremony prior to the Avs facing the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 7 at Pepsi Center.

This is the Avalanche's fourth NHL weekly honor of the season. Tyson Barrie was previously named the third star of the week on Jan. 11. Varlamov has now been named in the league's three stars of the week six times with the Avs and twice this season. He was named first star of the week on Dec. 21.

Matt Duchene was also previously named the third star for the month of November and first star for the week ending Nov. 16.

Lee Stempniak (New Jersey Devils) and Brian Elliott (Blues) were named the second and third stars respectively.

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