SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Aaron Palushaj #17 of the Colorado Avalanche gets checked to the ice by Douglas Murray #3 of the San Jose Sharks in the first period at HP Pavilion on February 26, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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