"I feel healthy and strong," Budaj said. "Most of all, I think the team is playing really well in front of me. I'm enjoying it; this is great. It's amazing and I'm very excited and very thankful for this. So far it's been a great year for me. There's still a long way to go. I've got to take it one game at a time, keep working hard and help the team win."
"Just playing up here this year, it's more than I could imagine," Budaj said after blanking Colorado 5-0 earlier this week for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season. "I'm just very thankful to be here. The team is playing great in front of me. We have a great group of guys who work tremendously hard to keep going."