UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders is held off by Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 11, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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