Monday, February 05, 2007

Raycroft one of the week's three stars

Andrew Raycroft was named the first of the NHL's three stars this week for his stellar play for the Leafs since the All-Star break. According to Raycroft recorded three consecutive road victories with a 1.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage as the Maple Leafs (26-21-6) stretched their winning streak to four games following the All-Star break. He opened the week by making 28 saves in a 4-1 victory at Carolina Jan. 30, stopped 37 of 38 shots in a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Jan. 31 and made 30 saves in regulation and overtime, plus four of five in the shootout, in a 3-2 victory at Ottawa Feb. 3. Raycroft improved his overall record to 24-16-4 with a 2.91 goals-against average, .899 save percentage and one shutout.

I would also like to point out, on behalf of my learned colleague Andrew Renton, that Raycroft won his Calder while playing for the Bruins, who he calls the "real team of destiny." According to the standings, The Real Team of Destiny is 8 points back of the Leafs in the standings. Ouch.

The Leafs meet the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in St. Louis. I'm looking forward to it!

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