“I’m Brendan Shanahan, the National Hockey League’s Senior Vice President of Player Safety. Wednesday night, in Nashville, an incident occurred during a game between the Predators and the Detroit Red Wings.”
We could certainly be hearing that in the coming days after what happened during tonight’s Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Predators and Red Wings.
As time expired, Predators defenseman Shea Weber went into the boards with Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg. What happened next is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve seen during this NHL season.
Fast forward to about the 0:15 mark and watch the faceoff and ensuing play. Go to 0:42 for a closer view of the incident:
Zetterberg gives Weber a bit of a hit from behind that Weber shrugs off, and then goes in for the puck. Weber proceeds to literally grab Zetterberg’s head and smash it face-first into the glass twice.
Weber received a two-minute penalty for roughing, but nothing more as of yet. A five minute major and game misconduct would have been more suitable. To say there’s no place for this in hockey is a vast understatement.
Had this incident happened during the regular season by a non-star player, I would expect a hefty suspension from Shanahan. Something in the realm of eight games wouldn’t be surprising.
Unfortunately, it occurred during the playoffs and Weber is nothing short of a star player, so I won’t be surprised if he gets away with no supplemental discipline.
It’s simply how the NHL works.
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