Semyon Varlamov has been a good soldier throughout the difficulty of losing his role as the Avalanche's No. 1 goaltender. There hasn't been any pouting or verbal sniping toward the coach over what could have become a difficult situation.

It explains why Varlamov has earned respect in the Avs' dressing room, and why teammates were happy for him after a 41-save performance Saturday night at St. Louis when the Avs gained a point they arguably didn't deserve.

Varlamov, though, isn't about to get too satisfied over one game — one that still finished as an overtime loss.