DENVER, CO - APRIL 19: Goalie Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche collects the puck as Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild and Charlie Coyle #3 of the Minnesota Wild pressure the goal and Nick Holden #2 and Jan Hejda #8 of the Colorado Avalanche help defend in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/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