RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 23: Chad LaRose #59 of the Carolina Hurricanes is stick checked by Jesse Joensuu #6 of the New York Islanders as he wraps the puck around to the front of the net where goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders waits to make a save during their NHL game at PNC Arena on April 23, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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