Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders takes down Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on January 19, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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