Other hockey happenings on this January Monday:
- A Hockey Mom high-five to Semyon Varlamov, for being named First Star of the Week by the NHL. Varly is the first Capitals goaltender to be first star or player of the week since Olie Kolzig on 2/22/04. Varlamov stopped 55 of 56 shots in backstopping the Capitals to a pair of victories,
including the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. He began the week stopping 25 shots for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 28. Varlamov recorded 32 saves in Washington's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of 68,111 outdoors at Heinz Field Saturday night. The 22-year-old improved his career regular-season record to 26-8-8 in 45 appearances.
- More Winter Classic notes - Saturday's Caps/Pens showdown was the most-viewed NHL regular season game in 36 years with an average of 4.5 million watching in primetime.
- A big stick tap to one of my fabulous Twitter tweeps (@elizamcgraw) for sending me this terrific piece on the joys of being a hockey parent, especially watching your kid fall in love with the game.