Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wild fans distract Semyon Varlamov with mugshot, prison jumpsuit photos

Semyon Varlamov was nominated for the Vezina Trophy on Monday morning in what had to be the shining moment so far this 2013-14 season.

But at a bleak point back in October, the Colorado Avalanche goaltender was arrested on domestic violence charges. 

Those charges were later dropped, but certainly not forgotten — at least by Minnesota Wild fans. And with the Avalanche in Minnesota for Game 6, the fans near the glass behind Varlamov decide to shake up the netminder with photos of his mugshot and the photo from his court appearance after spending the night in jail.

If Varlamov was rattled by the ploy, he didn't really show it — but it might have done enough.

The Wild tacked on two empty-net goals for a 5-2 victory that sent the first-round playoff series to a decisive Game 7.

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