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The young and the rested

Simeon Varlamov carried the Caps after getting the call against the Rangers. Christopher Pasatieri/US Presswire

Anaheim's Jonas Hiller and Washington's Simeon Varlamov were relative unknowns two weeks ago. The 26-year-old Hiller has spent his rookie season splitting time with former Cup winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere, while the 20-year-old Varlamov is a recently promoted and essentially unknown backup of Jose Theodore. Though they were playoff neophytes when they entered Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they have proved instrumental in advancing their teams.