It's official: Varlamov to start

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Simeon Varlamov, a 20-year-old rookie with six games of NHL experience, will start Game 2 of this first round series for the Washington Capitals.

To say this is an interesting turn of events is quite an understatement. Bruce Boudreau spent the past two days answering questions without ever officially saying “Jose Theodore will start Saturday.” He said “Jose is my guy” and “Jose is my No. 1 goaltender,” but never that he would start today.

Boudreau might be more honest than most coaches, but that doesn’t mean I’m playing poker with anytime soon.

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