GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 (second from left) of the Phoenix Coyotes is congratulated by Mikkel Boedker #89, Lauri Korpikoski #28, Antoine Vermette #50 and Zbynek Michalek #4 after Ekman-Larsson scored a first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 29, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/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