Update on Semin's injury... D. Checnokov (SovSport, Dec. 20, 2008):
Alexander couldn't even leave after the game by himself. His back was hurting so bad that he couldn't get behind the steering wheel.
"I've already seen the doctor", said Semin with unhappy voice. "I think I was hit in a nerve and it pinched. I can barely walk. I have no idea now how many games I'll have to miss. I felt sick in the morning. Right now I feel worse than yesterday. I am saving myself with pain killers... I am so tired of these injuries. I was barely able to heal one injury, was able to shoot [the puck]. And now another one. God, when this will all end?"
Chesnokov also met Varlamov's Dad...
Simeon Varlamov got the loudest ovation before the game. And this was only his the second game of his NHL career! Alexander Varlamov, Simeon's father, who came to the game from Hershey, was rooting for his son from the stands. I met him during the second break in the hall of Verizon center. The goalkeeper's Dad patted on his bag and sighed: "I carry Validol with me. I am very worried for Senya [Simeon]."
"Now allow me a few words without a protocol. What family and school is teaching us?" Varlamov's Dad quoted Vysotsky. Here we go, time has come to check how good we are, it's about Senya's training and working hard for all these years. I was very surprised that the fans welcomed my son so well. He just played only one game against Montreal (2:1).
- But what a game it was...
- He played at the insane level, I agree. But they don't know my boy yet. What will be next?
Next is going back to Hershey... :-)