It's a memory that Ben Lovejoy would just as soon forget. Except now he can't, because now there's an outdoor game about to be played in Southern California -- so the Anaheim Ducks' defenseman has to face questions about not playing at in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field three years ago.

Lovejoy did just that following the Ducks' 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at Honda Center, a prelude to the big event planned for Saturday at Dodger Stadium, where the rivals will again square off -- this time under the stars in the first game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (9:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS2).

"It killed me to not play in the last game," Lovejoy said.

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