WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal in the first period during an NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center on March 25, 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