Four unanswered goals for the Stars erased a 2-0 lead for the Nashville Predators and bestowed a 4-2 victory to Dallas in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl.
The loss on New Year's Day was difficult to stomach for the Predators. They appreciated the experience and significance of playing in the NHL's premier regular-season event, but to fall in game with such pomp and circumstance - and one in which they held a multi-goal lead - left the group deeply disappointed in the final result.
"This game, it didn't feel like just a regular-season game, it felt like something bigger," Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "I feel like it just makes it a little bit worse, makes it sting a little bit more than any other game."
"It was a playoff type of game," Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said. "[In the third period], it's not good enough letting three goals in a big game, and it's disappointing."