Capitals assign G Varlamov to AHL

Goalie Semyon Varlamov was sent by the Washington Capitals to

American Hockey League affiliate Hershey on Tuesday on his return

from injury.

Varlamov had been sidelined since Dec. 7, missing nine NHL

games, because of what the team called a lower-body injury.

He was 12-2-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average for the

Southeast Division-leading Capitals.

Varlamov was expected to rejoin the Capitals next week.

The 21-year-old was selected for Russia’s Olympic team last

week.