Razor says he still has edge

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

DETROIT -- Andrew Raycroft willingly took one for the team last night.

For the second time this season, the Maple Leafs goalie was yanked from a game for reasons other than health. Raycroft departed the Leafs net in favour of Jean-Sebastien Aubin after giving up four goals in 20 shots in the first two periods.

"I'm not upset and there is no controversy there," Raycroft said. "Four power-play goals. I think we are working hard. I think we have the right idea, but we seem to be shooting ourselves in the foot."

Raycroft exited a game in Boston Nov. 9 when he suffered a groin injury. On Oct. 24, he was pulled in a match against the Ottawa Senators.

Signed to a three-year contract during the summer after being acquired from the Bruins, Raycroft has not stolen many games for the Leafs. But the 26-year-old said he is not fighting the puck.

"I feel great," Raycroft said. "You go through those four goals, and pucks were bouncing off crossbars, coming out in front. You are just in there trying to get in the way and it seems to be finding a way to bounce around you."

The first shot Aubin saw left the stick of Pavel Datsyuk and struck the butt of Dan Cleary before going into the net.

With five power-play goals for the Wings, a couple of Leafs team records were threatened but not broken.

The most power-play goals the Leafs have given up in one game is seven, on March 13, 1987, against Washington. The most the Wings have scored in one game is six, on Nov. 5, 1942, against the New York Rangers.

Leafs coach Paul Maurice, whose club would not be in the playoffs if the post-season began today, said he was not trying to send a message Raycroft's way.

"I was just trying to get the other guy in the net," Maurice said. "At 4-1 I did not think there was a lot happening. He made good saves five-on-five and could not catch a break.

"There was nothing, there was no statement, it was just that four was enough."


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