Weber slapped with a mere fine
|Predators defenceman Shea Weber was fined for shoving Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass at the end of Game 1 in Nashville on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP/Files)
NEW YORK - Henrik Zetterberg avoided serious injury, so Shea Weber avoided a stiff suspension.
Nashville's Weber was let off with a $2,500 fine Thursday for slamming Zetterberg's head into the glass during Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinal between the Predators and Detroit Red Wings.
Weber got a minor penalty for roughing -- the hit cracked Zetterberg's helmet -- as time expired in the third period.
"We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg's head into the glass," NHL director of discipline Brendan Shanahan said.
Then, supposedly explaining why he didn't suspend the Predators captain, Shanahan said: "We reached out to Detroit and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2."
Weber didn't exactly apologize Thursday when he talked with reporters in Nashville, saying Zetterberg had hit him from behind.
"It's quick game, things happen, and it's an emotional game," Weber said. "I'm thankful (Zetterberg) is not hurt and we can move on."
Zetterberg, who practised Thursday, called it a "dirty" play. He said he felt dizzy initially but passed a concussion test.