Sunday, February 2, 2003

NHL YoungStars: East 8, West 3

By Steven Wine
The Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - Brian Sutherby, who has two goals in his rookie season with the Washington Capitals, matched that total Saturday night in the NHL YoungStars Game.

Sutherby scored twice, added an assist and was chosen the most valuable player for leading the East past the West 8-3.

"You get to show a little of your offensive game," Sutherby said. "There's not a lot of physical contact out there. It's nice to put a couple of pucks in the net."

Rookie Pavel Brendl, traded to Philadelphia in the 2001 deal that sent Eric Lindros to the New York Rangers, scored the game's first and last goals for the East. Being chosen to play in the game was a bigger thrill than scoring, Brendl said.

"Obviously it's an offensive game," he said. "I shot. I'd better score."

Columbus' Rick Nash, at 18 the NHL's youngest player and the top pick in the 2002 draft, had two goals and an assist for the West.

"He's a big body out there," West wing Stanislav Chistov said of Nash. "You know where to find him. And he knows how to sniff out the net."

The game is for players 25 and younger who are on entry-level contracts. A moment of silence was observed beforehand in memory of the astronauts who perished Saturday aboard space shuttle Columbia.

The West managed just 13 shots on rookie goalie Ryan Miller of Buffalo. David Aebischer, who backs up Patrick Roy with Colorado, stopped 21 shots by the East.

"They had a lot more shots than we did," Aebischer said. "It was a workout for me, but I just had fun. I made a couple of good saves, but I'd like to have one or two of those goals back."

The arena was half empty when the game began, but there was still a lusty cheer when Florida's Stephen Weiss scored for the East. He also had an assist, as did the Panthers' Jay Bouwmeester.

Montreal's Marcel Hossa and Philadelphia's Dennis Seidenberg had two assists apiece for the East.

Brendl put the East ahead 1-0, with assists by Hossa and Alexander Svitov. Even with running time for the 10-minute periods, the East bunched goals by Anton Volchenkov, Weiss and Sutherby in a span of 1:32 to make it 4-0.

After Nash's second goal closed the margin to 4-3, Mattias Weinhardl scored unassisted. Sutherby assisted Taylor Pyatt to make it 6-3, and Sutherby then scored an empty-netter.

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