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League fines Weber $2,500
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.”