BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 04: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders warms up before their game against the Buffalo Sabres on November 4, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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