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Semyon Varlamov off to stellar start for Avalanche

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PAT GRAHAM | October 30, 2013 06:51 PM EST | AP

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov is playing a lot like the Hall of Famer who's now coaching him.

Off to a 7-1 start and among the league leaders in goals-against (1.76), Varlamov is thriving in the presence of new coach Patrick Roy.

Roy told Varlamov as much after practice on Wednesday, saying: "When I said how proud I was the way he's bounced back, he had a big smile. He was happy. I think as a player that's what you want to hear from your coach."

Not just any coach, but Roy — one of the best to ever play the position.