BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 30: Tim Connolly #19 of the Buffalo Sabres and Garnet Exelby #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs try to control the puck from on their bellies at HSBC Arena on October 30, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/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