NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 16: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins makes a save on a shot on goal by Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the Prudential Center on October 16, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/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