WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals warms up prior to the start of an NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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