“In the NHL, I’ve never played against him,” Varlamov said to Dater. “I played against him one time back in Russia, when he played for Dynamo and I played for Lokomotiv. I’m looking forward to playing against him. It’s going to be a tough game, for sure. He’s a great player.”
The game Varlamov speaks of was actually during the lock-out last season on October 22, 2012. He fails to mention a few tiny details. Dynamo would win 3-0. And Ovechkin totally scored on him.
Ovechkin’s goal is at the 48 seconds.
Ovechkin, skating on the left wing, curls to the middle of the ice, uses a Lokomotiv defenseman as a screen, and snaps a shot past Varlamov. That move seems like such a distant memory.