UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 08: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes and John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders battle for the puck during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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