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Sutherby Sidelined

Center Brian Sutherby will miss 7-10 days with a freak hand injury after being struck by Wade Belak's shot during the Caps' 5-1 victory over the Leafs on Friday.

Sutherby suffered a rare condition called compartment syndrome near his thumb, which had to be lanced at Sibley Memorial Hospital to relieve the pressure. The wound will remain open for a few days, then after it's stitched up, he'll need about a week to recover.

So that's another Cap out with a hand injury, and another NHL proven player subtracted from a lineup that doesn't have many at the moment.

I'll have more on Sutherby in tomorrow's paper.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 17, 2007; 3:20 PM ET
 
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Hey, Tarik -- I saw that Green wasn't on ice for the entire third period last night. Was he hurt, too, or did he get benched for some reason?

Posted by: I like Laich and Fehr is Fair | March 17, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

He was most certainly benched. he was all over the place. and not in a good way.

Posted by: Tarik | March 17, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Green had me wondering what was going through his brain. he seemed to get caught up in chasing guys around. But he's young. He's no Phaneuf but his time will come. He may need a little longer in the minors.

As for Suts, I hate to say it but he hasn't contributed a whole hell of a lot so far. Maybe some time away will do him good.

Posted by: Kerplunk | March 17, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I've come to the conclusion that God himself hates the Caps. How unlucky can we get in one season?

Posted by: Murshawursha | March 17, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Tarik seems generous in saying Sutherby is a proven NHL player. Caps need more impact players, as Kolzig and Ovechkin commented.

Posted by: Bearcaps | March 17, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Speaking of Green. I noticed he no longer has his shield on. Any reason?

Posted by: Alex Squared | March 17, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

As man-games lost go, I don't think that this is the worst in caps history. They are just the thinest in backup players as they can be.

As for losing Suts, he seemed to be finally stepping up. Maybe it is just a matter of ice time, but he seemed to be getting his nose in it a little bit more.

Posted by: Clarendon | March 17, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Can only be good that someone else will get a chance to get some icetime.

Speaking of which, can someone tell me why Matt Bradley plays in the NHL? It's not like he's got the potential to turn into an "effective 4th-line winger", so why is he taking icetime away from the younger guys? This guy quite possibly has the worst shot in the entire league. Kent Paynter had a more powerful shot than Matt Bradley does.

Posted by: katzistan | March 17, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Compartment syndrome? At this rate we're going to have to make up new diagnoses for all of the injuries. I think we've lost a player a game for the last 4 games...

Posted by: EricS | March 18, 2007 2:40 AM | Report abuse

I'll check on why green stopped wearing a shield.

I know he started wearing one during the AHL playoffs last year after he got popped in the face by a puck (or stick).

Posted by: Tarik | March 18, 2007 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Compartment syndrome, from NIH:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001224.htm

(A quick description of this "rare condition" in the article would have been nice.)

Posted by: zamboni | March 18, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Nice heads up, Zamboni.
Of all the rotten luck, eh?

Posted by: Kerplunk | March 18, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Grats Semin on a natural hat trick! 3 shots in a row, 3 goals. Beautiful. And two from Flash in the 1st.

Posted by: Shmoo | March 18, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Eh. Sutherby has essentially proven himself to be a good third/fourth line guy, which happens to be the one area that the Caps have success in finding replacements.

Now we need someone to give Semin better acting lessons on how not look like you're diving.

Posted by: tallbear | March 19, 2007 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Hurrah! Two in a row! And lets not forgot....Tarik is on TV today!


Tarik: at the end of yesterday's game, some TBL players (Taylor I think) were trying to start something. Then, they were just screaming at Kolzig as he skated off. What was going on? I bet the TB locker room was not a happy place after yesterday.

Posted by: LB | March 19, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

There's no doubt that Semin has a tendency to dive, but while he intentionally dove on that drive to the net in yesterday's game, I don't think he was diving to draw the penalty. I think he was leaning/diving for a better chance at shooting the puck. Unfortunately, his history of diving guaranteed he was going to the box for it either way.

On the plus side, the last 3 games (even tho the Caps blew the game to Boston, it was still a good effort) have been pretty impressive. Maybe there are a couple young guys who will use this chance to show they deserve a spot next season.

Posted by: Jeff | March 19, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm not on TV today. I'm not scheduled to appear this week b/c of the upcoming road trip.

Maybe next week. And anyway, don't get your hopes up, I stink on TV. It's going to take me some time to get comfortable in front of the camera.

As for Sunday's game, I have no idea what Taylor was saying to Olie, but Taylor had a pretty nasty quote in my story today. The Tampa players were really angry by the end of that debacle.

Posted by: Tarik | March 19, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Tarik! I am excited for an all DC sports show...

It would be great if we could knock off the sabres on Wed night.

Posted by: LB | March 19, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The Lightning are one of the biggest crybaby teams in hockey, and it all starts with their coach. Tortorella is the poorest sport in the history of hockey, and it seems to be doubly so when they lose to the Caps. I'm not surprised that his childish whining has rubbed off on his players.

Posted by: zamboni | March 19, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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