Shanahan was the target of some nasty comments for refusing to suspend Weber.
"Brendan Shanahan choked," Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune wrote. "If there's no suspension for something as blatant and contrary to league dictates as Weber's act, then there can be no suspension for anyone the rest of the playoffs."
Wrote Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "It's ridiculous that all Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber gets for his cowardly attack against a defenceless Henrik Zetterberg ... is a $2,500 fine and no suspension. The NHL is guilty, once again, of possessing no spine."
Wrote Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "Of course, Nashville's Shea Weber is a complete rockhead for trying to turn Henrik Zetterberg into a bobblehead at the end of Game 1. The NHL's failure to suspend Weber is gutless, although not that surprising. Apparently, the league's crackdown on head shots is moot if the head isn't cracked quite hard enough. That's the hypocrisy of this."
Wrote Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports: "This is now Weber's second fine of the 2011-12 NHL season, having already been dinged back in October for a boarding call on Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks ... So Shea Weber has two strikes -- how many other players have been afforded such leeway?"