Karsums, Martins

European Game Day: 3-23-10

KHL (Russa) Playoffs
Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Kazan 0 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
Kazan Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 37/37, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 4-2, 1 SO, 1.76 GAA, .940 sv%

Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Wow. Facing the prospect of falling into a 3-0 hole in the series, Vasily Koshechkin pitched a 37 save shutout to help Magnitogorsk pull off a 1-0 overtime victory in Game Three. Petri Kontiola scored off a Stan Chistov assist with just 5 seconds remaining in the first overtime session to seal the deal. Dmitri Kazionov played a scoreless 24:50 in the match for Kazan. Can we please get some of what was in Koshechkin's water bottle for Tokarski for the two big games the Admirals have coming up against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this week?

Game Four tomorrow.

(8)Dynamo Riga 4 @ (2)KHK MVD 5 (OT)
KHK MVD Leads the Series 3-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM

Ex-NHLer and KHL goal scoring champion Marcel Hossa scored a tying goal with less than 1 minute remaining in regulation, but Evgeni Fedorov scored a goal 2:33 into the second overtime to help KHK MVD win 5-4. The win puts Cindarella Riga on the brink of elimination. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums scored a goal early in the 2nd period and took a second period elbowing minor in 23:42 of ice time.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
AIK 3 @ Sodertalje 4
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 24/27, 3.00 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .946 sv%

So far, so good for Sodertalje in the Swedish relegation/promotion series. The club got 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux and 2 assists from ex-Avs draft pick Linus Videll in today's match to defeat Allsvenskan team AIK. Next up for Sodertalje: Leksands, which was briefly promoted to the Elitserien for the 2005-2006 season, but has been relegated to the Allsvenskan ever since. That match will take place Thursday.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-22-10

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(8)Dynamo Riga 3 @ (2)KHK MVD 1
KHK MVD Leads the Series 2-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

Riga has decided to make it a series with a 3-1 Game Three win on the road. Former Lightning forward Robert Petrovicky had a pair of assists in the match for Riga. Lightning prospect Martins Karsums played 14:20 in the match.

Elsewhere today, Spartak Moscow defeated Yaroslavl 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference Semifinal series. Tomorrow, all four series will be in action, with Magnitogorsk fighting to avoid falling into a 3-0 series hole against Kazan.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-20-10

Eastern Conference Semifinal
(2)Magnitgorsk 0 @ (3)Kazan 4
Kazan Leads the Series 1-0
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +4, 2 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 18/22, 6.63 GAA, .818 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-2, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted early in the Second Period as Kazan steamrolled Magnitogorsk in Game One of their KHL Eastern Conference Semifinal Series. Former Penguin Alexei Morozov had a natural hat trick in the game for Kazan. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov assisted on Morozov's second goal and played 16:09 in the match and took a minor for hooking.

Western Conference Semifinal
(2)KHK MVD 2 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 0
KHK MVD Leads the Series 2-0
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Things are looking dire for Karsums and Cindarella Riga. After knocking off top seeded St. Petersburg in the first round, they're finding second seeded KHK MVD to be a much more formidable challenge. Today they were shut out 2-0, meaning Riga has managed just a single goal in the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinal series. Former Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had a goal in the match for KHK MVD.

Elsewhere, Yaroslavl and Spartak Moscow are tied 1-1 in their Western Conference Seminfinal series while Yulaev holds a 1-0 lead over Nizhnekamsk in the other Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Tomorrow will feature Game Two in the East between Kazan and Magnitogorsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-19-10

Western Conference
(2)KHK MVD 4 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 1
KHK MVD Leads the Series 1-0
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 2 PIM

Things started well for Karsums and Dynamo Riga in Game One of their Western Conference Semifinal series. The Lightning prospect assisted on a first period goal by Martins Cipulis that put the Cindarella 8 seed up 1-0 at the end of the period. Things slid downhill from there. 2nd seeded KHK MVD scored 4 unanswered goals in the final two frames to stake themselves to a 1-0 series lead. Former Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin had an assist in the match for KHK MVD. Karsums played 15:44 in the match.

Tomorrow (3-20-10) will be Game Two for Riga and Game One in the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between Dmitri Kazionov and Kazan and Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-15-10

Eastern Conference
(8)Ekaterinburg 1 @ (1)Yulaev 8
Yulaev Wins the Series 3-1
Denis Kazionov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM

Ekaterinburg's chance for a Cindarella ending came to a screeching hault in an 8-1 series clinching Game Four win by Yulaev. Ex-Predators forward Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 3 assists in the game for Yulaev. Denis Kazionov played 11:59 in the match, completing his first full season as a regular KHL player.

(7)Chelyabinsk 2 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 3 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/32, 1.57 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1, 0 SO, 1.62 GAA, .944 sv%

Magnitogorsk ended the upset dreams of seventh seeded Chelyabinsk with a pair of goals by Denis Platonov, including the overtime winner. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.

Three Lightning prospects have made it through to the conference semifinals in the KHL. In the East, 2nd seed Magnitogorsk and Vasily Koshechkin will square off against 3rd seed Kazan and Dmitri Kazionov. Meanwhile, in the West, Cindarella 8th seed Dynamo Riga and Martins Karsums will face 2nd seed KHK MVD.

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