Varlamov season debut with Islanders spoiled in loss to Wild


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Semyon Varlamov lost his season debut with the New York Islanders, 5-2 to the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Varlamov made 34 saves in his first game since June 25, a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. He did not participate in training camp and started the season on injured reserve due to what Islanders coach Barry Trotz called “soreness.”

Ryan Hartman and Brandon Duhaime scored 2:01 apart in the third period for the Wild (8-3-0), who have won three in a row. Kaapo Kahkonen made 19 saves.

Anders Lee scored twice, and Mathew Barzal had two assists for the Islanders (5-3-2), whose seven-game point streak ended.

Hartman tied it 2-2 on a rebound from an angle at 7:17 of the third period, and Duhaime gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead at 9:18 with a shot from atop the circles that beat Varlamov high.

Jonas Brodin (18:13) and Matt Dumba (19:11) each scored an empty-net goal for the 5-2 final.

Lee gave New York a 1-0 lead at 19:41 of the first period on a rebound of Zdeno Chara‘s shot during delayed penalty.

Varlamov saved all 14 shots he faced in the first.

Nick Bjugstad tied it 1-1 on a redirection of Duhaime’s shot at 9:59 of the second period.

Lee scored again to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 12:04, finishing a 2-on-1 with Barzal.

Minnesota outshot New York 16-2 in the third period.

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