As the final seconds ticked down on the Predators’ 3-2 Game One victory, captain Shea Weber was involved in an altercation with Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg. Weber slammed Zetterberg’s head into the glass twice, as the rest of the players on the ice were involved in a separate fracas.
There is speculation at the moment that Weber will receive supplementary discipline for the incident. There likely won’t be a decision on whether he has a hearing or not until tomorrow, but Predators head coach Barry Trotz didn’t see an issue with it.
“Zetterberg hit [Weber] in the head first; there wasn’t much there,” Trotz said. “I was watching the scrum right after that with [Todd] Bertuzzi and [Paul] Gaustad, and Bertuzzi comes in with a big-time haymaker. I just think Zetterberg was getting tired at the end, knew Webs was there and the game was over.”
When Weber was asked whether he thinks he’ll face a suspension, he said, “I don’t know. He hit me from behind. So we’ll see.”
Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said he didn’t get to see the altercation after the game.
“I did that so I wouldn’t have to answer that question,” he joked in his post-game press conference.
Zetterberg, who stayed down on one knee for a lengthy period of time after the final horn, reportedly did not speak to the media after the game.
It will be interesting to see how Brendan Shanahan treats this situation. It will be his first disciplinary issue of the playoffs and Weber is not a repeat offender when it comes to suspensions. Weber was fined $2,500 in October for a boarding hit in Vancouver.