This win was well worth the wait for Dallas Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft.
Raycroft stopped 35 shots for his first win in nearly a year as the Stars beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Monday night.
''It would have been nice to get one earlier,'' said the 10-year veteran, who signed with the Stars for this season. ''That's the way it goes, but I played well enough to get one.''
Not only did it lift Raycroft's spirits, but those of his teammates, too. They will be relying on him while Kari Lehtonen is sidelined by a knee injury.
''Raycroft was huge for us. Nice for our guys to have some confidence in him,'' Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. ''It's good for his confidence moving forward because we are going without Kari Lehtonen for a while.''
Raycroft (1-5) hadn't won since beating Minnesota on Jan. 9. He made his first start since taking over for Lehtonen, who was placed on the injured list on Sunday a...