Sutherby named Young Stars Game MVP

By Seth Keggins

Caps forward and graduate prospect Brian Sutherby has proven the nation down in South Beach, Miami why he will play a big part in the future for his Washington Capital club.

Sutherby on the evening lined up mostly with Stephen Weiss (whom he TKO’d in a fight earlier this season in a 12-2 beating against the Florida Panthers) and Taylor Pyatt. Early in this game, he was forechecking as if he was on the PK–a scene similar to Caps fans often this season. You see, Brian has only been averaging 9:43 minutes of ice time for the Caps, on mostly fourth line duty. He does however get most of his ice time with the Caps PK unit.

On Sutherby’s first goal, Flyers defenseman Dennis Seidenberg got a hold of the puck and skated to the left of the goaltender David Aebischer, pulling the guarding defenseman with him. He then backhanded the puck to the left, leaving Brian to knock it home in front of an open net.

Later in the game on a breakaway attempt, this time Sutherby skated in on a 2-0 passing the puck to the right post for a waiting Taylor Pyatt.

Sutherby’s second and final goal of the game came on a long range shot at an empty net, as the West had pulled the goaltender. At that point the score was 7-3.

Brian Sutherby had some stiff competition from the West’s Rick Nash and East teammate Marcel Hossa. But in the end, Brian was crowned the game’s MVP.

After the game ESPN analyst Bill Clement had asked if Brian could carry this to the Caps for the second half of the season. With a smile from Brian, “…I don’t think I play that big a role on that team [Washington], but I go there and chip in when I can and keep that fourth line going.” Hopefully Brian will keep it going whether it be on the first line-or-the fourth for many, many more seasons.