Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Brian's average time on ice per game so far,
Game 1: 5:14 of ice on the 4th line.
Game 2: 8:40 of ice on the 4th line.
Game 3: 12:31 of ice on the 2nd line.
A guy the Washington Capitals struggled to trade away is now playing on the second line in Anaheim alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The real winner in that trade was obviously B-Suts.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
While Brian gets a new start in Anahiem, I leave you with this video tribute, complete with a horrible soundtrack.
Friday, November 16, 2007
St. Pete Times Forum, 8:00
So we have been slacking a bit lately here at the Sutherby Fan Club. The state of the Capitals has been nothing short of disappointing. They are 1-6 so far this month, and considering the schedule is littered with always intense games against southeast division rivals, these losses will hurt the team in the standings more.
Sutherby hasn't been in the line up since the 5-0 loss to the 'Canes (and there is a link in case you needed a reminder). He was a -2, and obviously it wasn't a great game for anyone on the Caps, but it seems like if Sutherby even looks a someone the wrong way he is benched. With the current state of the team and the fact that no one seems to be performing, why shouldn't he be in? Here are 3 reasons he should be in the line up tonight:
1. His physical play. The Lightning, and especially Frodo (Martin St. Louis, to the lay person), shy away from physical play. St. Louis has been on fire recently and the Caps need to put it out by being tough and physical. Very few players bring the toughness like B-Suts. Also, you need someone to throw down against Vinny in case he decides to jump someone again. (It wouldn't hurt to break his jaw either, so we don't have to hear him whining on the way to the penalty box.)
2. Intensity. Lately this Caps team has seems to be lacking in intensity and a sense of urgency. B-Suts has been aggressive and worked hard every shift this season, the Caps need someone with his heart and effort to bring that back.
3. Leadership. Clarkie is back, but there is still a lack of leadership on the ice. Sutherby is well respected by his team and has proven to be a leader on and the Caps need that right now.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
This is up a little late, so we all know that he is a healthy scratch this evening. I am guessing because Bourque was called up from Hershey, but why he is the one to lose a roster spot, I don't know. So here is the regular 3 reasons he should be playing tonight.
1. Suts and his fellow 4th liners bring the energy. They might not score a lot of goals, but that isn't everything. They have been aggressive, hitting hard, and relentless on the forecheck.
2. B-Suts grittiness. The Caps and Thrashers have been known to get in some fights, and he has thrown down against the Thrash before and I am sure he would again.
3. Why not? With how disappointing the Caps have been recently why shouldn't he play? He has earned a roster spot as much as anyone else in lineup.
Brian takes on his former teammate Larry Nycholat, and gives a good show for the fans before he finishes off the current Binghamton Senator.
Monday, November 5, 2007
What can Brian Sutherby provide tonight? Let's see . . .
1. He will provide energy for the rest of the team. In limited ice time, Sutherby has more hits per game than any forward not named Alexander Ovechkin. He will go out and pound the other team, take the puck away, and make the opposition pay for going near him.
2. Leadership. Despite the fact that he was a healthy scratch when the team was at full strength, Sutherby has still kept his Alternate "A" and been allowed to be a positive on-ice influence, which he can now translate into on-ice leadership.
3. Standing up for his teammates. Part of that on-ice leadership is not letting the opposition take liberties with your teammates. Eager with the Elbow on Friday, Sutherby is willing to drop them. That's how it always should be, and not how it is often enough.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Verizon Center, 7:00
1-The Caps are playing the Broad Street Bullies v2.0. The Flyers are skating fast and hitting hard this year. Despite 2 of their tough guys still being on suspension, players like Cote and Eager are more than willing to stir things up a bit. With players like that on the ice you need players who hit hard and are willing to drop the gloves. B-Suts is just that guy (as he demonstrated with Hollweg last night).
2-Suts aggressive forecheck. The past 2 games B-Suts has been the first guy to attack a defender in their zone, creating turnovers and forcing the other team’s D to make mistakes.
3-Suts hard work against the boards. B-Suts has been hitting hard and using his size to hit and pin guys against the board to get the puck lose. He has been relentless when fighting for the puck against the boards. His hard work wears down the other team and created chances for the Caps.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tonight during the 2nd Intermission of the Capitals/Rangers game the immortal Craig Laughlin interviewed everyones favorite wearer of the A on the CSN broadcast. And of course us at the Sutherby Fan Club transcribed it for all the B-Suts lovers who missed it.
Locker: And Sudsy it has been a trying start to your season this year, so how did you keep your mind and body focused when you got back in the lineup?
Sutherby: You know, it was a battle, it is not a lot of fun being out of the lineup, but just continue to work hard in practice and keep doing little things on the ice in practice and working hard to get better and try to be ready when you get in there.
Locker: Now you had a great game, as did your whole team, in
Sutherby: Yeah, uh, that was the best part, was just to see how happy the guys were for me. It was really special and it meant a lot. It wasn’t a big meaning goal on the score sheet, being 7-1, but the guys were really excited for me and it meant a lot.
Locker: Now up here it seems like this may be the quickest game of the season, a lot of flow, do you see it that way down at ice level?
Sutherby: Yeah, it’s been pretty quick. We knew coming in here that they’re kind of a transition team and both teams have a lot of speed and can go with the clock. I think for us to be successful we got to just to make sure we are making smart plays at their blue line and getting in deep and keep getting in front of Lundquivst; we got to get some traffic in front of him.
Locker: Sudsy, thanks for the visit.
Sutherby: Thanks a lot.
Fun Fact: As exemplified in tonight's interview, B-Suts has a recessive gene that prevents all forms of helmet hair.