Karsums, Martins

AHL Game Night: 12-31--09 Senators at Admirals

The Admirals give up an extra point in overtime as they try to arrest the Hershey-induced free fall.

BNG-3
NOR-2 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period
BNG Svendsen, (2) , 0:19

Second Period
NOR Karsums, (4) , 10:49
BNG Hamel, (15) (Schira, Daugavins), 13:14 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Lashoff, (2) , 9:36

Overtime
BNG Lee, (2) (Keller, Hamel), 1:31

If you told me that at the end of 2009 Martins Karsums and Matt Lashoff would only have 6 goals between them, I would've checked you for fever. As disappointing as their first halves have been, though, they are starting to show signs of life.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Latvia Names Martins Karsums to 2010 Olympic Team

NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk Admirals forward and Lightning prospect Martins Karsums has been named to Team Latvia for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Karsums, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound forward from Riga, Latvia, has appeared in 30 games for the Admirals this season and has three goals and 11 points with an even plus/minus rating. Karsums has been heating up of late and shows two goals and six points in his last five games with Norfolk.

AHL Game Night: 12-19-09 Senators at Admirals

Left a point on the ice.

BNG-5
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the loss. It seems to me, at least in the short term, it may be time to make Dustin Tokarski the number one and quit rotating the netminders. Helenius is clearly on a cold streak.

First Period
BNG Kinrade, (2) (Svendsen), 6:16
NOR Karsums, (3) (Wishart, Lundin), 16:36 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Daugavins, (10) (Condra), 4:26
NOR Wishart, (4) (Karsums, Bochenski), 13:04 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (12) (St. Pierre, Smith), 14:37 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Smith, (5) (Keller, Daugavins), 0:15
NOR Simek, (6) (Wishart), 12:31
NOR Craig, (10) (Jackson, Karsums), 15:50
BNG Smith, (6) (O'Brien), 17:36

Ty Wishart and Martins Karsums were named the game's second and third stars. Wishart's 1 goal and 2 assist night was his first multi-point effort of the season and he now has 6 points in his last 6 games. He's a guy who was a big scorer from the backline in junior. Is his offensive ability finally starting to peek through? Karsums has exploded with 5 points in the two games against the Sens this weekend. He had just 6 points all season prior to last night's win.

Matt Lashoff is now -16 in 26 games after a -2 night tonight. Oof.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-18-09 Senators at Admirals

Norfolk is combining good defense, good goaltending, and home ice advantage to win some key divisional games.

BNG-1
NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Simek, (5) (Bochenski, Parrish), 10:14

Second Period
NOR Hall, (5) (Karsums, Lundin), 7:31

Third Period
BNG Bannister, (2) (Smith, Kudelka), 14:56 (PP)
NOR Hall, (6) (Karsums, Craig), 19:12 (EN)

Juraj Simek, Tokarski, and Adam Hall were the game's three stars.

I still can't believe Drew Bannister is still playing hockey.

In another example of Norfolk's exciting forward depth, Martins Karsums stepped up with a multi-point night tonight after only having 6 points through 27 games entering the night. You just knew a veteran with his speed and his track record of scoring at the AHL level was going to eventually start finding the scoresheet.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/6 Admirals at Penguins

.500 and bigger and better things hopefully ahead.

NOR-2
WBS-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Parrish, (2) (Szczechura, Lundin), 2:00 (PP)
NOR Syroczynski, (1) (Hall, Karsums), 16:11

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS Bayda, (7) (Caputi, Letestu), 18:10

Tokarski, tryout Matt Syroczynski, and veteran Mark Parrish were the game's three stars. Back from the dead, Martins Karsums now has a three game points streak. Paul Szczechura and Mike Lundin are also riding three game points streaks as well.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/3 Admirals at Moose

The Admirals got a sweep just when they needed it.

NOR-3
MTB-1

Riku Helenius allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the win.

First Period
MTB Maxwell, (1) (Leblanc), 8:34

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Tyrell, Parrish), 9:12
NOR Karsums, (1) (Lundin), 17:38

Third Period
NOR Hall, (1) (Keller, Quick), 9:43

Dana Tyrell and Paul Szczechura were named the game's first and second stars. Martins Karsums and Adam Hall finally scored their first goals of the season. The Admirals climb back to within 1 game of .500 with the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/2 Admirals at Moose

The Tick only needs two goals of support.

NOR-3
MTB-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (7) (Karsums, Tokarski), 1:29
MTB McCue, (1) (Maxwell, Salcido), 11:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (7) (Lundin, Simek), 2:19 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (3) (Tyrell), 19:22 (EN)

Tokarski and Ryan Craig were the game's first and third stars. Martins Karsums racked up his first point of the season in the game, finally.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Tokjanius

Here's your stat of the week:

Through six games, Norfolk's goaltenders have a combined 2.19 GAA and .925 save percentage. Mind you, they're 2-4-0 as a group, but you'd have to believe that if Tokarski, Helenius, and Janus keep this up the Admirals are going to be in great shape.

I mean, it's not like Martins Karsums can stay scoreless forever, right?

Karsums and Jones Waived

According to a report published by Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Lightning waived prospect forwards Martins Karsums and Blair Jones Friday for purposes of reassignment to the Norfolk Admirals. The fate of Karsums and Jones will be known at noon on Saturday, but Karsums reportedly has a European out-clause in his contract and it is speculated that he would return to Europe instead of accepting reassignment to the AHL.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/16 Lightning at Stars

The Lightning's minor leaguers drop one in a shootout to half of the Stars' first stringers.

TB-3
DAL-4 (SO)

Antero Nittymaki allowed 2 goals on 15 shots through the first 40 minutes before giving way to Jaroslav Janus who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots in the third and overtime before going 2/3 in the penalty shot session for the overtime loss. All in all, a very good performance for a young man who has been challenged to earn a pro contract.

First Period
DAL 9:28, Eriksson 1 (PP) (Modano)
DAL 18:51, Richards 1 (PP) (Modano, Neal)

Second Period
TB 5:45, Fedoruk 1 (Mclean)
TB 19:31, Mclean 1 (PP) (Foster, Downie)

Third Period
TB 5:55, Jones 1 (Halpern, Miller)
DAL 16:46, Neal 1 (Richards, Eriksson)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- NONE
DAL - Richards

Winners? Brett McLean, who is also looking for a contract, drops 1 goal and 1 assist. The Kurtis Foster experiment gets off to a decent start with a power play assist, a +1, and 4 shots on goal. Richard Panik earns 15 minutes of ice time, which is a team high for forward prospects not named Steve Downie or Drew Miller. And Janus? Probably got a contract.

Steve Downie had a helper and was +1 in 17:03 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 hits. Still my pick to win the job on the Lecavalier/Tanguay line.

Drew Miller had 1 helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:43.

Paul Szczechura was -1 in 12:22 with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. He was also 33% on draws. If there was a loser in this game, in the race to win a roster, maybe it was Szczechura.

Dana Tyrell was -1 in 12:09 with 2 shots and 1 hit. He had a breakaway opportunity shorthanded he was stopped on. Coach Tocchet said he wanted to see if Tyrell could kill penalties. Shortie breakaways don't hurt.

Martins Karsums had 1 shot and 3 hits in 12:55. He also was stopped in the shootout session.

Blair Jones notched a rebound goal and was +1 in 12:42 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot. He also was stopped in the shootout session. Tocchet moved Jones over to right wing with Halpern and Miller, which is ostensibly two-thirds of the likely third line. It was a good opportunity for Jones and he did pretty well with it.

Matt Lashoff was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 18:36. No hits? Matt, brother, do you read the website? We need to see some jam, my friend.

Richard Panik had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:00. I find it fascinating he got more shifts and more ice time than guys like Tyrell and Karsums who are closer to the NHL, particularly on the power play. They have sky high hopes for this young man, clearly.

Oh, yeah. Victor Hedman? 27:15 in his first NHL preseason game. Are you kidding? 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot. That's unbelievable, really.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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