How to describe Semyon Varlamov's goaltending style? Call it the lobster-butterfly.

Like the famous crustacean assuming a defensive posture, the Avalanche goalie hunches low and keeps his left claw, er, glove out there, ready to snap up a loose puck flying through the air. When the puck comes in low, Varlamov employs the classic butterfly style most goalies use today.

However one defines Varlamov's style, it's working.

He carries a 4-2-0 record into the first divisional game of the season for the Avs tonight at Calgary, with a 2.41 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.