CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings lunges toward the puck in front of teammate goalie Jonathan Quick #32, as Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks is pushed down by Willie Mitchell #33 of the Kings, during the NHL game on March 11, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/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