Raycroft eyeing ironman mark

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

With his dad keenly watching his every move from a swank suite at the Wachovia Center tonight, Andrew Raycroft will attempt to complete a rare feat that was last accomplished by Felix Potvin, his boyhood idol.

Should Raycroft get the nod as expected against the Philadelphia Flyers, he'll make his 19th consecutive start in goal for the Leafs. That will tie him with Potvin for the longest run by a Toronto goaltender since 1990.

Ed Belfour is next at 10, followed by Curtis Joseph's nine and Grant Fuhr's six.

"It's so cool to think when I was 12, 13, 14, I was watching him," Raycroft said yesterday of Potvin. "Who ever thought that one day I'd be in the same sentence as him?

"I think I've earned (all these starts) and will try to continue to keep it going."

Raycroft's dad, Tom, is among about 20 fathers and other relatives who accompanied the Leafs on their team charter yesterday to Philly. A team meal was scheduled with players, family members and team officials last night, but after that ...

"I'm not even going to try to keep those guys in line," Andrew said of the dads. "They only get out of the house once a year, so it could get ugly in Philly.

"I'm going to go to bed early and get a movie. They can do whatever they want. I'm not going to ask questions.

"They'll all be in bed until 7 p.m. (tonight) then hop in a taxi and get to the game. It should be interesting."

By game time, the players will know they are being watched.

"We were joking on the ice that no one wants to mess up in front of their dads," Andrew said.

If they do, they'll hear about it.

"We don't want to be brought to the back of the plane on the way home and be criticized by our dads, so we need to win," Wade Belak said.


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