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

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.

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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.