Richard Panik's highlight-reel first NHL goal Saturday night might have surprised many.

The rookie wing's milestone tally was memorable. He flipped a cross-crease pass to himself over Carolina goalie Dan Ellis before zipping around the net to backhand the puck in.

But AHL Syracuse coach Jon Cooper, very familiar with Panik's flair, says just wait.

"That won't be the last time you're going to be like, 'Holy cow!' " Cooper said. "That kid, he's really, really talented. When he's playing with confidence like that, he can do unbelievable things."

Take, for example, Panik's series-clinching goal for then-Lightning affiliate AHL Norfolk in last season's Eastern Conference semifinals. It was Game 6 against Connecticut, with the Admirals up three games to two. In the third period, Panik, 22, took a shot to the face, forcing him to leave the game and get 20 stitches.