A view of New York City's Empire State Building, dressed in the colors of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, who will meet in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 2, 2012. (Photo by Melynda Pilon/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