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Varlamov gamble paying off for Caps

Updated: April 22, 2009, 1:40 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Steve Mason is the first goalie from the 2006 draft class to make a splash in the NHL. But he's not the first netminder from that group to earn a victory in the NHL playoffs.

That honor belongs to Simeon Varlamov.

While Columbus' Mason will deservedly walk away with the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and maybe even the Vezina Trophy as the league's top netminder during the regular season, there's a chance it's Varlamov who will leave NHL fans with a more ...

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