COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 6: Goaltender Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild, Artem Anisimov #42 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Keith Ballard #2 of the Minnesota Wild battle for position in front of the net during the second period on December 6, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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