W ith the clock winding to a close in the third period and the Nashville Predators holding a 3-2 lead on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville’s Shea Weber and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg made one last final battle for the puck in Nashville’s defensive zone.
Paul Gaustad won the faceoff with 5.1 seconds left, Weber took the puck to the corner to run the remainder of the clock out, Zetterberg came with him.
With no time left on the clock, Weber then proceeded to hit Zetterberg not once, but twice – the second shoving his head into the glass.
At this point, the play was meaningless. The Predators had already won. They had taken a one-game lead over Detroit in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Despite the clock expiring, Weber appeared to intentionally shove Zetterberg’s head into the glass (and was assessed a meaningless 2 minute minor for roughing). It was a surprising move for the team captain and the team leader.
Remember, Weber was already fined $2,500 earlier this season for boarding Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen.
A postseason suspension in a Predators series would not be unprecedented. Last season, the Anaheim/Nashville series saw Bobby Ryan suspended for two games for stomping on the skate of Jon Blum and Jarkko Ruutu suspended for a blindside hit on Martin Erat. In 2007, Alexander Radulov was suspended for one game for boarding San Jose’s Steve Bernier.
What happens now with Shea Weber? Is he suspended? Is he fined? Does the league look away?