Varlamov is one of NHL's hottest goalies and helped the Avalanche to a franchise-best 19-6 start.
He's 4-1-0 since Nov. 19 with a 1.74 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.
Varlamov's 12th career shutout and first this season came one day after prosecutors in Denver filed a misdemeanor assault charge against him following a complaint by his girlfriend that he attacked her on Oct. 30.
The Denver district attorney's office said Friday that Varlamov faces one count of third-degree assault. If convicted, the 25-year-old faces a sentence ranging from probation to six months in jail. Varlamov's agent has said he is innocent. His attorney has declined to comment.
The performance ended a three-game losing streak for the Colorado goaltender. He gave up four goals in a loss to Florida on Saturday.
Varlamov entered for an ineffective Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Varlamov was allowed to travel with the team for Friday night's game but is ordered to stay away from girlfriend Evgenia Vavrinyuk, among other restrictions. Varlamov is 7-1 with a 1.76 goals against average and .945 save percentage for the Central Division-leading Avalanche.
The 25-year-old turned himself into police Wednesday evening, after practicing with the team that day. Police haven't released details about the case, other than to say it involved someone who Varlamov was in an intimate relationship with. It's not clear if Varlamov has an attorney. Varlamov is 7-1 this season with a 1.76 goals-against average. The Avalanche play at Dallas on Friday night and Varlamov was scheduled to start.
The 25-year-old Russian has stopped 88 of 91 shots in three games. He has a 1.00 goals against average and .967 save percentage.
It was his first game under the eye of first-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy. It'll be interesting to see how the fiery Roy handles any goaltending issues throughout the season, but Varlamov certainly passed his first test. "I am playing for a goalie that accomplished a lot," Varlamov said. "I think Patrick tells me a couple of good things, things I can use in a game. That is special."
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