RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 06: Sergei Samsonov #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes stretches along the boards during preskate warmups during a NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 6, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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