DENVER – Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov will be able to travel with the team while prosecutors consider whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.
On Thursday, a judge said Varlamov could be released if he posted $5,000 bond and be allowed to travel with the team. But he was ordered to stay away from his girlfriend, among other restrictions.
The girlfriend, Evgeniya Vavrinyuk, told investigators that Varlamov kicked her in the chest, knocking her down, and stomped on her chest as she lay on the floor in her apartment on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit. She also accused Varlamov of dragging her by her hair and telling her that he would have beaten her more if they had been in Russia.
Varlamov appeared in court briefly Thursday. He spent the night in jail after turning himself in Wednesday. He stood next to his lawyer to face Denver County Judge Claudia Jordan, who also told him, through a Russian interpreter, that he couldn’t drink or possess firearms. He also had to sign a waiver that he would be immediately sent back to Colorado if he fled.
The 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault.
Alex Ovechkin will miss Washington’s game tonight at Philadelphia with an upper-body injury.
Ovechkin was hurt when he crashed head-first into the goalie and net early in the first period of Monday’s loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
RANGERS 2, SABRES 0: In New York, Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves in his 47th NHL shutout as New York won its first at home.
Lundqvist made a late third-period save with the top of his helmet, deflecting the puck into the crowd, and then robbed Marcus Foligno with 1:20 remaining.
Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal in the first period, and Chris Kreider netted his second in two games in the middle period to give Lundqvist the only offense he would need to post his third win and second shutout this season.
BRUINS 3, DUCKS 2, SO: In Boston, Zdeno Chara scored the tying goal on a power play with less than 3 minutes remaining in regulation, and Jarome Iginla had the lone goal in a shootout as Boston snapped a two-game skid.
Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal, and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins, who mustered only one shot on goal in the first period.