Detroit Red Wings fans, look away.
For the few that missed it last night, Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber rammed Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head right into the glass in the waning moments of Game 1 of the teams’ Western Conference quarterfinal.
Fortunately for the Wings, Zetterberg is OK and did not suffer an injury on the play.
“This was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg’s head into the glass,” NHL Disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. “As is customary whenever supplemental discipline is being considered, we contacted Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2.”
So for a “reckless” play, most in Detroit (and everywhere else outside of Nashville, for that matter) assumed that the league would come down hard on Weber. How hard did they come down on him?
A $2,500 fine.
That’s right, no suspension, just the maximum fine allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
It should be interesting to see how Detroit responds.