WASHINGTON - MARCH 10: Eric Staal #12 and Ray Whitney #13 of the Carolina Hurricanes warm up before the game against the Washington Capitals on March 10, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/NHLI via Getty Images)
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday