Panthers All-Star defenseman Brian Campbell, their lone representative at Sunday's game in ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa, collects autographs and sticks from his heroes while pursuing MVP honors without incurring a double-digit minus rating.

"Everybody's trying to battle for the MVP early on and going after it pretty good. It's always interesting, but you don't want to push it too hard. You don't want to be on the other end and get stuck out there for a lot of goals. Everybody's still worrying about their numbers,'' said Campbell, a four-time All-Star for three different teams.

"One year, I had a goal and two assists after the first period. You're sitting in your stall and everybody's kind of, 'You're going to get it. Keep going.'

"Sometimes you got to hold yourself back. I think I came out and put up a minus-4 or a minus-5 in the next two periods.''