Islanders’ Semyon Varlamov Leaves Pregame Skate vs. Rangers After Taking Shot In Throat, Does Not Play

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New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov left the team’s pregame skate prior to their 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night after taking a shot in the lower-helmet, upper-neck part of the body.

Goaltender Ilya Sorokin made his NHL debut. Varlamov was scheduled to start. Corey Schnieder dressed as the Islanders’ backup on Saturday.

Varlamov made 24 saves in the Islanders’ 4-0 season-opening win at the Rangers on Thursday.

Islanders head coach Barry Trotz did not have an update on the 32-year-old after Saturday’s game.

Sorokin made 27 saves in Saturday’s loss.

The Islanders are scheduled to visit the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 28. They host the Boston Bruins on Monday (5 PM ET, NBCSN).

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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3 Responses to Islanders’ Semyon Varlamov Leaves Pregame Skate vs. Rangers After Taking Shot In Throat, Does Not Play

  1. Scottlew73 says:

    No sympathy for him,played goal for years,one of the first valuable pieces of equipment you invest in (besides “cup/family jewel protector!”) is a throat/ neck guard! It’s absolutely stupid for NHL calibre goal to not be wearing one! I played wearing helmet-cage combo & always had one on. Besides pucks also limits skate from coming through. I guess certain “modern” goalies don’t remember Clint Malarchuk episode from late 80’s!! If I was Trotz I’d be chewing player & trainers/equipment men a new corn hole for not having one on him! Dare I say next game he plays I bet he’ll have one on!!

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    Sorry after seeing up close he did have one on but was not properly set between chest protector & mask !

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