DENVER (AP) - Andrew Raycroft's first career start for Colorado was a success Thursday night as the former Toronto goaltender helped the Avalanche beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 for their first win.
Raycroft is the backup to Peter Budaj, who accepted much of the blame for the Avs' 0-3 start. Colorado coach Tony Granato said this wasn't a matter of Budaj being benched, just Raycroft getting his normal one start per week to get into a good rhythm.
Either way, Budaj got a rest, the Avalanche pressured the Flyers (0-3-1) early and relied on Raycroft's steady play in goal and captain Joe Sakic's three assists to pull out their first win of the season.
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