Between Semyon Varlamov and Sergei Bobrovsky, Russia has two very good goaltenders in these Olympics. That helps to explain why they can't seem to settle on a go-to guy. After Bobrovsky started in the first of the knockout round games and shut out Norway 4-0, Russia is turning back to Varlamov for their quarterfinal matchup with Finland. The two have alternated started for every game in the tournament so far. Words such as "disappointing" and other of that ilk have been used to describe Russia in this tournament but really that's only in reference to one half of the game; the offense. Defensively, there have been no complaints for Russia. Both of the goalies have been very good behind a defense that has been surprisingly strong. Russia hasn't given up an even-strength goal since they played Slovenia, the first game of the tournament. They haven't surrendered a goal since playing the USA as Varlamov blanked Slovakia prior to Bobrovsky's shutout of Norway.
Semyon Varlamov gets nod in net for Russia against Finland
CBS Sports | Feb 19