DETROIT, MI - MARCH 21: Alex Kovalev #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins controls the puck while Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings follows after with support from Nicklas Lidstrom #5 during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on March 21, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
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 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh