Meszaros was dressed for the first time since Game 2 of Boston’s first-round series against the Detroit Red Wings and started the game beside Johnny Boychuk.
Bartkowski played the past four games for the Bruins and was on the ice for 26:26 in Boston’s 4-3 double-overtime loss in Game 1. He was called for holding Dale Weise on a scoring chance in front of the Boston net at 4:10 of the second overtime and P.K. Subban scored the winning goal seven seconds later.
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh