OTTAWA, CANADA - JANUARY 5: Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators throws his stick to assistant equipment manager Chris Cook at the end of warm-up as part of his pre-game ritual before starting against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Place on January 5, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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