WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: A fan of the Washington Capitals holds up a sign prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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