WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: Cody Eakin #20 of the Dallas Stars and teammates warm up before playing the Washington Capitals during an NHL game at Verizon Center on April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/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