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08:20 AM ET 01.09 | His status on the team finally appears to match the number on his back. Andrew Raycroft, it would seem, is your new No. 1 Avalanche goalie. Raycroft's 43 saves led the Avs to a 2-1 victory Thursday night over a very good Chicago Blackhawks team, and coach Tony Granato indicated he'll go back to the man nicknamed "Rayzor" for Saturday's matinee against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. "He's earned the net," Granato said. "We said right from Day One that we were excited to have him and expected him to be a big part of our team. When he's been called upon, he's given us solid performances." Raycroft, the NHL rookie of the year in 2003-04, upped his record to 8-1-0. Unlike some of the previous wins that drew snickers from cynics, Raycroft was the best player on his team in this one. Although the young, talented Blackhawks missed on a couple of bids they'd no doubt love to have gotten back, Raycroft was tremendous throughout. Raycroft said he is finally starting to feel like his old self, like the player who at one time was considered one of the best young goalies in the NHL.

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