The NHL announced Monday that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been named the second star in the league's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 6.
Varlamov compiled a 3-0-1 record last week with a 1.42 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and one shutout to help the Avalanche (50-21-7, 107 points) move two points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks (45-19-15, 105 points) for the No. 2 seed in the Central Division.
Goalie - COL
GAA: 2.41 | Sv%: .927
Varlamov opened the week by making 24 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at the Columbus Blue Jackets last Tuesday before making 29 stops and denying all three shootout attempts he faced in a 3-2 triumph over the New York Rangers on Thursday night in Denver. Varlamov then made 31 saves on Saturday afternoon for his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues before closing the week with 30 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
The 25-year-old native of Samara, Russia, leads the NHL with 40 wins this season, matching Patrick Roy's franchise record established in 2000-01. He also places fourth in the league with a .927 save percentage and has a 2.41 goals-against average in 62 appearances.
This is Varlamov's second NHL weekly honor of the season and the second in his career with the Avalanche. He was named co-second stars with fellow Avs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the week of Oct. 7 to 13.
It's the Avs' third weekly honor of the season after Matt Duchene earned third-star accolades for the week ending Dec. 22.
Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers was the chosen as the league's first star this week while the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty was the third pick.