League fines Weber $2,500

- By Helene St. James Detroit Free Press

Henrik Zetterberg had to use a new helmet Thursday because his old one split into two pieces when Shea Weber pounded Zetterberg’s head into the glass in Game 1.

Cost to the Detroit Red Wings: about $90. Cost to Weber: $2,500.

The fact that Zetterberg is fine, that he’ll play today in Game 2 when the Red Wings hope to even their first-round series with the Nashville Predators, played a role in the NHL’S decision to let Weber off with no more than a fine for his actions in Wednesday’s game.

That didn’t sit particular­ly well with the Red Wings, starting with Zetterberg.

“In my view, it was pretty bad,” he said. “I heard he got fined. I guess the bar is set.

“I thought it was dirty. I thought it was a direct hit to my head. If we look at what happened the last few years with all the head injuries, I think that shouldn’t belong in the game.”

Asked if the fine came with a warning, Weber replied, “I think it’s pretty straightfo­rward: Play to the edge and not over. It’s cut and dry.”

Weber said he was glad Zetterberg wasn’t hurt.

Said Ryan Suter, Weber’s defensive partner: “I didn’t think he’d be in that much trouble. I didn’t think it was that bad.”

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