BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 14: Matt Cooke #24 of the Minnesota Wild knocks practice pucks to the ice as they warm up to play the Buffalo Sabres on October 14, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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