RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 05: Cody Hodgson #19 of the Buffalo Sabres battles for the puck with Jordan Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes during play at PNC Arena on March 5, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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