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Save of the Season? Varlamov spins backward to make save on the line

Islanders goalie stops puck with blocker in narrow fashion

by Lauren Merola @laurmerola / NHL.com Staff Writer

Varlamov makes spectacular save

NYI@PHI: Varlamov reaches back and makes great save

Semyon Varlamov sees the puck get past him, but reaches back and swipes the puck off of the goal line, keeping the game even in the 2nd period

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Semyon Varlamov just won a race against time.

The New York Islanders goalie came up with an unbelievable save mere milliseconds before it was about to cross the goal line.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's point shot put the puck on the front stoop, where forward Oskar Lindblom tried to sneak it through Varlamov's legs. Varlamov spun over his right shoulder, reached back and grabbed the puck on the line with his blocker.

With his flexibility and mobility, you would never guess Varlamov underwent two hip surgeries -- one on each side, four weeks apart -- in 2017.

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