Shea Weber Fine
April 13, 2012 by staff
Shea Weber Fine, Detroit coach Mike Babcck says he worked out any ill feelings over Nashville defenceman Shea Weber being fined for slamming Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass at the end of Game 1. The coach did it by going for a hard run Thursday. “I’ve moved on,” Babcck said.
Babcck has enough to worry about losing Darren Helm for the playoffs with a sliced forearm and trying to avoid an 0-2 hole in the first round against Nashville.
A hard-fought series was expected between these Central Division teams separated by only two points over the 82-game regular season, and the Predators stoked the rivalry Wednesday with a 3-2 win marked by 17 combined penalties between the NHL’s least penalized teams.
Nashville averaged an NHL-low 8.4 penalty minutes in the regular season, closely followed by Detroit with 8.5 minutes per game. So what if commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand Wednesday night for the closely officiated game? Neither Babcck nor Nashville coach Barry Trotz want to see a repeat of repeated traipsing to the penalty box Friday night in Game 2.
“We’re not taking penalties tomorrow,” Babcck said Thursday.
Trotz said his Predators have to harness their emotions and stay focused.
“We had a couple guys had out of body experience more than anything,” Trotz said. “We’ll get back to that.”
The one penalty that attracted the most attention, and a $2,500 fine by the NHL on Thursday, came at the end when Weber retaliated for Zetterberg crashing into him from behind, trying to get the puck out in a frantic attempt to score and force overtime. Weber talked to NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan and got a reminder to play to the edge and not over.
Zetterberg passed a baseline test and skated Thursday. But the Red Wings forward called the hit dirty, and his teammates weren’t happy Weber wasn’t suspended.
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