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Semyon Shines: Caps goaltender Varlamov named NHL first star of week

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Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov, left, keeps his eye on the puck as Capitals\' John Erskine, right, battles with Pittsburgh Penguins\' Evgeni Malkin (71) in the second period of the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game in Pittsburgh , on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. Varlamov was named NHL first star of the week Monday after backstopping the Capitals to a pair of victories last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Keith Srakocic Author: The Hockey News

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Semyon Shines: Caps goaltender Varlamov named NHL first star of week

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Washington goaltender Semyon Varlamov was named NHL first star of the week Monday after backstopping the Capitals to a pair of victories last week.

Varlamov earned his second shutout of the season last Tuesday by stopping 25 shots in a 3-0 win over Montreal. He recorded 32 saves in a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh at the NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

Phoenix Coyotes right-winger Shane Doan was named second star and Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom took the third star.

Both players recorded eight points in four games last week.

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