From Russia, With Busted Glove
More on Simeon Varlamov from Slava Malamud of Sport-Express:
It's cute, of course, the whole "From Russia With Glove" thing, though it may have been done with Nabokov and Khabibulin already. A couple of days ago I tried to explain to Varly the subtle play on words and the James Bond reference. I was successful in making myself feel old, but not, I don't think, in getting Varlamov through all the layers of meaning. Just judging from the blank stare I got.
Anyway, apparently the glove's trip from Russia didn't leave it unscathed. After the game, Varlamov expressed his dissatisfaction with Mark Eaton's goal, saying that he had a full view of the puck, it was never deflected and it was purely his mistake.
"To be honest with you, after watching the replay...," he said. "It looks like my glove is so [busted up] by now..."
The square brackets there are masking an expletive, but Varlamov refused to elaborate further, only saying that he has had this glove for two months. Maybe it's time to get a new one. From Russia, naturally.
Here are some other things the Caps' newest superstar had to share:
On the save:
"To be honest, there was no other option left to me except to play it with the stick. I was totally out of position and, I guess, I got lucky there. If he were to put it anywhere else, it would've gone in... I thought [Kunitz] was going to shoot and I skated out a bit too far. All that was left for me to do was to put the stick on the line... Actually, I thought they would go watch the replay. I wasn't sure that the puck didn't cross the line first."
On being a 21-year-old goalie who didn't get rattled by the first goal:
"The first goal could rattle a 21-year-old goalie but the second one could kill a 21-year-old goale. But this is the playoffs, you just have to forget your mistakes and play on... You cannot allow yourself to be upset in games like that, even after you allow a softie [Varlamov here used the Russian term babochka, which literally translates as "a butterfly"]. There just isn't any time to get upset."
On the pressure of playing in the marquee series:
"The media, of course, have been hyping this up pretty good. The first day off I was watching TV and found out so much about this series... So in the next two days I tried not to watch anything and to tune everything out."
On whether Crosby is the best forward he has ever faced:
"I wouldn't want to offend the other guys I've played against, like Kovalchuk. But today, as I got out on the ice and saw Malkin and Crosby standing there... Of course, I was very pleased [to be there as well]. I was afraid of them more than of anyone else."
On whether Malkin was very noticeable:
"[Shaking his head] Not very. But I don't want to tease Zhenya!"
On what to expect in Game 2:
"I think the first period will be key. Pittsburgh will be putting up even more pressure and things will be even more difficult for us."
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