Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game One
WASHINGTON - MAY 02: John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals and Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins both prepair for the start of the game during warm ups prior to Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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