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Daily Cupcakes- March 3rd, 2011

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Let's start with some love for Peter Budaj's mask

While there are plenty of beautifully designed masks amongst NHL goalies, none equals Peter Budaj’s in comedic value. Hockey fans have been appreciating Budaj’s Sexy Flanders mask for years

For those who don't know Serena Williams is being treated for a pulmonary embolosim, which is one blood clot in the lungs compared to emboli which is numerous clots which Tomas Fleischmann suffered from.

Fleischmann suffered from a pulmonary embolism in January and the Avalanche announced he would miss will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season, which in hockey terms means at least six months.

Other athletes have played while on blood thinners, such as hockey forward Jed Ortmeyer, who has a disorder that forces him to take them daily. But as Dr. Nicholas J. Morrissey told The New York Times in a 2009 article, Ortmeyer, who's currently with the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate, is playing with fire. Getting cut or bruised, let alone suffering a head injury while on blood thinners, is a big no-no.

Seems that Dustin Penner is happy in his new found home

“It was exciting for me to get here and be a part of a playoff drive,” Penner said. “Everybody has welcomed me with open arms. It’s been a great first day of practice - just trying to figure out the system.”

As for the differences of being out of the playoff hunt to now being thrust right in the middle of it: “When you get to the rink there is still some joking around, but when the puck drops it’s down to business as far as when the drills start. It’s a high-intensity practice.”

This one is for Bubs this is a quote attributed to Craig Anderson.

« J'ai l'impression que je joue un peu comme je le faisais l'an passé au Colorado et quand ça va bien, vous voulez jouer.

He says that he feels like he is playing kinda like what he he played in Colorado last year, and when things are good you want to play. Now this was translated to French and then back to English. So I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt...