BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Defenseman Brian Campbell scored on the power play with 10:33 remaining to cap Florida's three-goal rally and the Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Sunday.
Campbell said he hasn't had a lot of success here in Buffalo since leaving the Sabres. "I don't play very good here a lot of times, I find. It's weird, I remember the first time I came back I felt like I never played in this building in my life, just being on the opposite side. But definitely, it's always fun. I love coming back here and I still have friends here and to score the game-winner is great in this building. I had a lot of good times here, and a lot of good memories."
Peter Mueller, George Parros and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who won their first road game of the season and snapped a seven-game road winless drought (0-5-2) dating to last season. Florida rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win two straight since enduring a five-game skid.
Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson had a goal and assist each, and Alexander Sulzer also scored for Buffalo, which dropped to 1-5-1 since opening the season with two wins. Goaltender Ryan Miller said "It's pretty obvious we didn't take into consideration the lessons we learned last year. It's pretty plain and simple. It's one thing to try and open up the game, and it's another to have control of the puck and have a system. Try and open it up, you're going to get in trouble. Try and play risky, you're going to get in trouble."
Vanek said after the game "We started the game well, just like we talked about. We got the lead, got all the way to 3-1 and then played stupid, I guess. I think we did have some great chances, didn't even hit the net on some of them and, again, I think we need to be smarter. At 3-1, we didn't need to join every time, and that's what cost us." Captain Jason Pominville expressed thoughts similiar to Vanek's. "I think it's pushing, trying to push for more. When we turned it around last year, when we realized we dug ourselves into a hole and we needed to change things is when we were better with the puck and better defensively ... When you lock down defensively, you're a tough team to play against and when you push for more and when you sometimes don't need it, you end up giving up opportunities and that's what we did tonight."
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