WASHINGTON - APRIL 11: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins warms up before the game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on April 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/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