ANAHEIM – Chilly air isn't the prescription for someone breathing through a broken nose, but that wasn't going to stop Mathieu Perreault.
Perreault broke his nose in a nasty collision about a week before the 2011 Winter Classic. His team at the time, the Washington Capitals, was about to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in front of 68,000 fans at Heinz Field in a crescendo to the popular HBO "24/7" reality show.
"I was supposed to wear a shield, but I only wore a big visor," Perreault said. "I was kind of a game-time decision.
"I really wanted to play. If it wasn't for that game, I would have probably not played. I kind of forced myself back into it earlier than I would have. All my family was there, and I really wanted to play that game. Honestly, if it wasn't for that game, I would have probably not played at all."