**Interesting to note that the number 11 was an important number in DC sports today. Earlier on Wedneday, the Washington Nationals' made history when Ryan Zimmerman (#11) won the NL 3B Gold Glove which is the first Gold Glove for the Nationals. Then tonight, the Caps won their eleventh in an eleven round shootout. Both of these took place on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.**
The Islanders quickly responded with a Matt Moulson goal at 1:02. New York scored another two goals so had three unanswered goals in less than seven minutes of the first period. The game was on pace for a football score.
Jose Theodore was pulled at 6:54 after the three Islander goals and replaced by Semyon Varlamov.
"I don’t like to do that,” said Coach Boudreau of pulling Theodore, “especially so early, but he looked a little rattled and he looked a little down. It’s not like pulling him when the game is out of reach, we had so much time left. The last time he was pulled Varly came in and shut the door, so I thought he would be able to do it again. Theo has played so well for us and he had a rough outing and he’ll come back this week and play another game and he’ll be great for us.”
Varlamov shut down the Islanders until Trent Hunter scored on a power play with only 2:08 left in regulation to tie it up at four. "We can't stand prosperity," Boudreau said. "We go penalty-less for two periods, then we take three in the third."
After a scoreless overtime, Varlamov yielded only one goal in the shootout by Jeff Tambellini which was on the Islanders' first attempt. Varly made several fantastic saves in the shootout, however, the highlight was in Hunter's 9th round shot which Varly stopped with his pads, then used his arms to grab the crossbar to stop from sliding into the goal with the puck in his pads. "I was just skating back into the goal very fast," he said through an interpreter. "I just grabbed the first thing I could to stop my movement into the net."
Varlavmov earned the number one star of the game as well as the Hardhat for his 25 saves and .962 Save Pct:.SCORESHEET
00:08 Alex Semin (8), Slap Shot. Assist: B Morrison
01:02 Matt Moulson (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Streit
05:10 Mark Streit (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Gervais, Schremp
06:54 Sean Bergenheim (2), Backhand. Unassisted.
13:42 Power Play -Tomas Fleischmann (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Backstrom, Knuble
05:35 Power Play -Alex Semin (9), Snap Shot. Assist: Green
16:46 Eric Fehr (2), Backhand. Assist: Clark, Green
17:52 Power Play - Trent Hunter (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Tavares, Nielsen
NYI: Tambellini (Round 1), Wrist Shot
WAS: Semin (Round 2), Backhand and Clark (Round 12), Snap
3. M. Streit - NYI (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)
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