Hockey players are if nothing else, humble when it comes to their accomplishments. So when Semyon Varlamov tried to downplay his latest postseason heroics on Monday it should come as no surprise.
What should come as no surprise anymore either is just how instrumental he has been to the New York Islanders playoff run.
Varlamov completed his second consecutive playoff shutout in Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-0 Islanders win. The Islanders starter stopped 29 shots, including 15 alone in the second period, to help secure the series-opening victory.