Feb 19, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Russia goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov (right) takes a seat on the bench after being replaced in the men's ice hockey quarterfinals against Finland during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - After a disappointing showing at the Winter Olympics, Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov was back on the ice Monday with his Avalanche teammates.
The Russian goalie played three games at the Sochi Game, but the team was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 loss to Finland. Varlamov was 2-1, including the quarterfinal loss in which he was pulled seven minutes into the second period.
"The Olympics is over. I need to leave behind the result," Varlamov said after practice at Family Fun Center. "I'm not going to think about the Olympics right now. We have so many things to do here right now with the NHL season coming. I can tell you I'm looking forward to playing in the playoffs this year."
Colorado (37-16-5) is fifth in the Western Conference standings with 79 points, which is 15 points ahead of eighth-place Dallas. The Avs have 24 games remaining and resume play Wednesday against Los Angeles to open a three-game homestand.
"Those games give me huge confidence for the rest of this season for sure," Varlamov said of the Olympics. "It was so much fun playing against the best players in the world, and I really enjoyed that time."
The rest of the Avs' Olympians - Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog - are expected to be at practice Tuesday.
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