Semyon Varlamov had his historic shutout streak come to an end in upstate New York on Monday night.
Tage Thompson, the son of Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson, ended Varlamov’s run at 248 minutes. The streak was the 12 longest in NHL history.
The goal came at the 14:04 mark of the second period with Buffalo on the power play. Thompson took the shot from the top of the faceoff circle and beat Varlamov on his stick side. The goal cut the New York Islanders lead to 2-1 at the time.
It was the first goal that Semyon Varlamov had surrendered since the 11:04 mark of the first period on April 20 against the New York Rangers.
— Buffalo Hockey moments (@SabresPlays) May 4, 2021
“He’s seeing the puck really well,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said about Varlamov before the game. “I think we’ve been able to keep him fresh and I think the guys around him are playing really hard. When we do break down he’s been there real solid, but we haven’t overworked him lately. I think we’ve been able to stabilize with our overall game.”
The shutout streak was just the latest addition to Varlamov’s resume this season. The Islanders netminder has recorded seven shutouts this season, which is a career-high for the 13-year NHL veteran.
Monday was not only the end of Varlamov’s shutout streak, but he helped the Islanders set a new team record for the longest team shutout streak at 212:35. It surpassed the old streak of 199:14 which was set during the 1997-98 season.
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