Nashville Predators forward Matt Duchene is keeping his own blog throughout the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which was held in Dallas, at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Wednesday.
In his second entry, Duchene, who played in two previous NHL outdoor games, the 2016 Stadium Series for the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field and the 2017 NHL 100 Classic for the Ottawa Senators, talks about the Predators' 4-2 loss, a game in which he scored the first goal and Nashville couldn't hold a 2-0 first-period lead.
The atmosphere was great, the venue was awesome. The NHL did a great job putting it together. I'm sure the fans enjoyed it. The fans were electric on both sides. I think it will be an experience we will all look back on a little more fondly than right now. It stinks to lose that game, especially after the way we started and how big that game was for us in the standings. Now we have to rebound and get ready for the next game because that game counts all the same as any other loss. It stinks, but we have to be ready for the next couple of games. We'll take a couple days, lick our wounds, and get back at it.
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Scoring the first goal was cool, but right now it doesn't mean much because we lost, so again, maybe something I'll look back on more fondly later on, but right now it stinks to have lost that game.
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Playing outdoors is strange, it's different, it's not like playing in a regular game. It's just disappointing that we had a lead like that, and we didn't get that next goal. We have to be better when we're up, continuing to take it to them.
All three of the outdoor games I've played are very unique. I think this venue is very special. There's just so much history and I think the crowd was the best that I've played in front for sure of at an outdoor game, I think it's for sure the most people that I've played in front of, you definitely felt the energy out there.
It's just too bad we're couldn't celebrate right now like they are able to celebrate.