OTTAWA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 9: Prior to playing in his 1000th career NHL game, Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators walks down the players' tunnel for warmups before a matchup against the Nashville Predators at Scotiabank Place on February 9, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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