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Panthers crush Giants

Leigh Salters scored twice as defending champions Nottingham cruised to a crushing 8-3 victory over Elite League leaders Belfast.

The Panthers led 2-0 after the first period and had extended their advantage to 5-2 by the end of the second.

Calvin Elfring gave the Giants hope early in the third but three further unanswered goals from Corey Neilson's men saw them move to within seven points of the leaders with three games in hand following their European exertions.