Semyon Varlamov let in two goals while helping the Avalanche top Dallas in overtime. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
DALLAS — Some thoughts after Colorado’s 3-2 overtime win over the Stars here in Dallas, featuring the first appearance of Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov since his arrest on Wednesday:
• For a guy who had to be mentally exhausted after two days of dealing with the criminal justice system — and probably physically drained after spending Wednesday night in jail — Varlamov looked composed, relaxed and completely in control while stopping 27-of-29 shots.
It likely helped that his teammates took it to the Stars early, building up a 13-1 shot advantage in the first before letting Varlamov get a couple touches late in the period. After that, he got into a nice rhythm in the second, getting a good look at each Dallas attempt — mostly from distance — and took care of his rebounds.
The 25-year-old Russian was completely fooled on Dallas’ two third period goals, but both were high-end chances. Tyler Seguin’s wrister to tie it up was world-class — not many guys would have gotten a piece of that one. Still, this had to be his best frame of the night as the Stars took control of the game and the space down low. He rejected several premium chances from in tight, showing off his lateral movement to rob Jamie Benn late and then stoning Antoine Roussel on two bids from the slot in the final minute to keep the score knotted at two.