WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals slides the puck between the legs of Jason Garrison #5 of the Vancouver Canucks for a first period goal at Verizon Center on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/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