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2 Minutes For: Varlamov, Heat and Turk

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
 
Lots of great action over the weekend, but Simeon Varlamov’s save on Sidney Crosby was the highlight.


Consider this guy wasn’t even in the league two months ago. Now he’s helping to carry the Caps against the Penguins.

Varlamov’s rise from obscurity – he played all of six games for the Caps during the regular season – is reminiscent of Ken Dryden, who played only six regular season games for the Canadiens in 1970-71 before winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in those playoffs. And Carolina goalie Cam Ward was sitting on the bench in the first round of the 2006 playoffs before taking the Conn Smythe that year.

Since replacing Jose Theodore after Game 1 of the quarterfinals, the 21-year-old Varlamov is 5-2 with a .950 save percentage and 1.29 goals against.

Nice win Sunday by the Ducks in triple OT. But the Red Wings have outhit the Ducks 99-67 in the first two games, and, if the Wings keep hitting, you have to think that’s going to catch up with the Ducks as the series goes on.

Passing thoughts…
       
The Heat remind me a lot of the Panthers. They improved this season, have promising players, and should benefit greatly from this past season.

Ryan Salmons, whose battle with cancer touched many in the NHL, particularly those in Columbus, passed away over the weekend. The Blue Jackets organization showed nothing but class when they signed Salmons to a one-day contract in March.

I was right about Rachel Alexandre in the Kentucky Oaks. But I wouldn’t have played Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby with your money.

Jimmy Buffett has signed on as a business partner with the Dolphins. ‘Fins’ is never going to have the same meaning.

Thinking of former Bruins great Derek ‘Turk’ Sanderson.

Song of the day: "Time To Go" by the Dropkick Murphys
 
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