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Capitals start Varlamov in Game 2 vs. Rangers @NHLdotcom

WASHINGTON (AP) -The Washington Capitals are switching goalies for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers.

Jose Theodore is being relegated to a backup role Saturday, and rookie Simeon Varlamov is getting his first NHL playoff start for Washington.

Theodore took the blame for Washington's 4-3 loss to New York in Game 1 on Wednesday, when he allowed four goals on only 21 shots.

The 20-year-old Varlamov made only six appearances for Washington in the regular season, with five starts. His record was 4-0-1.

Theodore signed a $9 million, two-year contract as a free agent last offseason and went 32-17-5. He was the NHL's MVP in 2002.

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