DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 27: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a blocker save during a NHL pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena on September 27, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Tom Turrill/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