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Lightning's Budaj sports new mask against Rangers

The goalie mask features a unique illustration of "Simpsons" character Ned Flanders dressed as Thor

by Jeff Odom /

New Lightning goaltender Peter Budaj said "Hey-diddley-ho, neighbor-eeno!" to a cool new mask in Monday night's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

The blue mask, replacing the black and silver one he wore following his Feb. 26 trade to Tampa Bay from the Los Angeles Kings, features a untique illustration of The Simpsons' friendly, mustache-wearing neighbor Ned Flanders dressed as the superhero, Thor, on the left side. The right side features the Lightning logo along with his No. 31 on the chin.

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Designed by mask artist Dave Gunnarsson, Budaj's new headgear wasn't just a clever spin on two popular figures in television. It might have also helped him distract the Rangers, as he made 26 saves to earn his first victory in a Lightning uniform.

Pretty "Okilly-dokilly!" good.

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