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Slovakia Exits Behind Panik's Strong Performance

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning
Panik finished the tournament with 7 goals, 2 assists and 12 PIM in 6 games with Slovakia

Lightning prospect Richard Panik made the most out of his last game at the 2011 World Junior Championships on Tuesday.

In Team Slovakia’s final match, a relegation contest against the Czech Republic, Panik notched both of his squad’s goals, albeit in a 5-2 loss. He also recorded a team-high five shots on goal, while teammate and fellow Lightning defensive prospect Adam Janosik came in second with three shots and assisted on what would be his team’s final goal of the tournament.

The contest saw a full 16 minutes of scoreless hockey before the Czechs opened scoring with a goal by Petr Holik at 16:22. Jakub Culek then increased the lead to two less than three minutes later to give his team a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

A pair of goals 30 seconds apart to open the second put the Czechs out to a 4-0 lead, but Panik responded with the man advantage to cut the opponent’s lead to three. The Czechs would add an additional tally to round out the team’s scoring with seven minutes remaining in the period, but that didn’t stop Panik from registering his second of the night under four minutes later.

While Panik and Janosik closed out their tournament run yesterday, their Lightning teammates Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly have one game left to play, as Team Canada will battle Russia for the gold medal tonight at 7:30.

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