WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals warms up prior to the start of an NHL game between the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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