Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber was fined $2,500 by the National Hockey League for slamming Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg into the glass at the end of a first-round playoff game last night.
The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan announced today on the NHL’s website. No suspension accompanied the fine for what Shanahan termed a “reckless and reactionary play.”
As time expired in the Predators’ 3-2 home victory, Zetterberg checked Weber against the boards behind the Nashville net. Weber threw a punch at Zetterberg in response, then grabbed the forward’s head from behind and hit it against the glass.
The Most Valuable Player of the 2008 playoffs, Zetterberg was slow getting to his feet following the hit but should be available to play tomorrow the second game of the best-of-seven series, according to Shanahan. Weber, a three-time All-Star and team captain, was assessed a two-minute penalty for roughing.