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Should Shea Weber be suspended for roughing up Henrik Zetterberg?

Apr 11, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

While Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins fans bicker over Danny Briere‘s offside goal, Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators fans have something to argue about as well. In the waning moments of the Predators’ close 3-2 win, Shea Weber really roughed up Henrik Zetterberg, seemingly slamming his head into the glass a couple times.

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(I’ve heard a few references made to professional wrestlers bashing each others’ heads into “turnbuckles” and I must say that it does kind of resemble that action. Agreed?)

That star-on-star crime certainly didn’t look good and Jeremy Roenick was incensed enough to say that it was suspension-worthy, but what do you think?

It’s interesting to note that Zetterberg’s been involved in some late game tomfoolery in the playoffs before; one might recall Evgeni Malkin getting away with some slightly unsavory business with Zetterberg during the 2009 Stanley Cup finals, for instance.

The Predators aren’t far removed from suspension debates in the playoffs, either. You might remember that Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan received a two-game reprimand for using his skate in a dangerous way in a 2011 series that ended up being Nashville’s first-ever series win. Will they be on the wrong end of the law this time around, though?

  1. bcisleman - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Should he? Yes. Will he? Not unless Zetterberg loses time due to injury.

    • hockeywas - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      The intent was clear to INJURY
      This is as bad as what Bert did and WEBBER should get booted for the whole playoffs MIN!
      Webber has taken to many punchs at players heads in the past! He is known for the cheap sucker punch to the back of the head.

      If he plays in another game this year, it will just show the NHL only cares about MONEY not cleaning up the head shots as they claim

      • hockeywas - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Think about the damage Webber could have done if the punch lands to the back of his head? He could of and tried to hurt him real bad! This isnt Webbers first punch to the back of someones head



      • eyecorporations - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Suspension worthy, yes. But the whole playoffs? That’s a little absurd.

      • hockeywas - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        Absurd is that he tried to hurt him and this isnt Webbers first time for punching to back of the head
        An example should be set
        HEAD HITS

    • hockeywas - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      How many times is Webber going to get away with this before he really hurts another player bad?

  2. hockinj25 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Definitely deserves a game, maybe two. He tried to injure him. This is what we want to get rid of.

  3. seaner44 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I am a fan of Shea Weber and hate to say it but that was a bone head play, he has to get a game at least, and by BShanny’s reasoning that is the equivaliant to a 4 game suspension in the regular season.

    • odj810 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      If it wasn’t a star player he would have been suspended no doubt. I like him to but total crap, this isn’t WWE, next thing you know theres gonna be steal chairs on the ice.

  4. bleed4philly - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    He won’t get suspended but the refs will be keeping an eye on weber in game 2

  5. bobhpine - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    He’s gotta go..pure thuggery

  6. csndrew - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Especially because the NHL wants this to be a long series, a one-game suspension is a virtual guarantee.

  7. xhankmoodyx - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    1 Game suspension maximum

  8. kitshky - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    That’s appalling. This is perfect example of where the penalty should absolutely not be linked to injury … but of course it will.

  9. loinstache - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    It was so blatant, he better.

  10. wazzsabi - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    That was bush-league! Weber should be suspended 2 games. I think he will get 1. What the Preds don’t know is that the Wings have seen this tough guy act before and it won’t make a bit of difference. May the best team win. Go Wings

  11. polegojim - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Bye Shea. Plus, you just woke up a few boys from Detroit. You’re done.

  12. saintez - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Not real excited about a former Red Wing making the ‘call’ about suspension of a Weber, the best defensman in the league….

    • wingsdjy - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Is this going to come up every time Shanny has to make a call? You realize he played for numerous teams (Devils, Blues, Whalers, Wings, Rangers). I doubt he would’ve gotten the position if Bettman thought he was biased.

      Bottom line: it was a dumb heat-of-the-moment play. Since he’s the captain, he’ll probably get a game to set an example for the rest of the league that this crap won’t be tolerated in the playoffs.

      • odj810 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        or the complete opposite because he’ss the captain and star they won’t suspend him. I wish they could fine more then 2500 at least.

  13. drewsylvania - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Missed the boarding penalty on Bitz. Bad?

    • kitshky - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Pretty bad. Interested to see what Shanahan does with a hockey hit gone wrong (elbow to back of head, bad but more jus an over zealous hit gone wrong?) by a 4th liner and a deliberate attempt to injure by a superstar when the game was already out of hand…

  14. ray2013 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    He should have followed up the turnbuckle move with an elbow smash.

    In all seriousness, I’m not sure how anyone can reasonably say that was remotely related to hockey. It was done to send a message that the Red Wings can expect to take a beating every game they play the Predators. In the politically-correct era of player safety, there’s no way it can go without at least a fine and/or a suspension especially given the time of game.

  15. sheckyrimshot - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    hockey is a game that moves so quickly and the decisions that you make on the ice are so instinctual that sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between “downright dirty” and “a hockey play gone wrong”. that being said, he grabbed zetterberg’s head, smashed it into the glass, then hauled up and smashed it even harder. that’s downright dirty. i’m all for old time hard nosed hockey, but i’d bet even ron hextall cringed a bit on this one. i can’t rightly say whether or not it warrants a suspension or a fine or whatever, but if you’re in charge of player discipline in a brutal sport, this is the kind of stuff that you’d like to get rid of. it doesn’t help that the interaction took place between two of the best players in the game.

    • taytay099 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:48 AM

      Also doesn’t help that the game was over when he did it.

      • sheckyrimshot - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:03 AM

        well, it helps the wings. regardless of a suspension or a fine, don’t tickle a sleeping dragon.

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Hextall probably would have cringed, then skated the length of the ice and given Weber some louisville lumber.

  16. stakex - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    At the very least this is an attempt to make a dirty play. There is no reason to be grabbing someone like that and trying to slam their head into the glass. I would be kinda suprised if there is not a suspension from this.

    With that said, one thing does bother me. Real life is not like “pro wrestling”. In wrestling it looks like its easy to grab someones head and slam it into things since, well, its an act. In real life though, its very very hard to actually do it when your dealing with two strong athleats. In fact, it doesn’t look like Weber was able to get all that much force into his attempt… and its looks like Zetterberg was really trying to sell the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, Weber has clear intent to smash Zetterberg’s head into the glass…. but Zetterberg definatlly sold this to make it look worse then it was.

    • kitshky - Apr 12, 2012 at 4:02 AM

      Oh come ooonnnn….

      I love Weber and all but dude, he missed Bertuzzin’ing him and out of frustration slammed his face into the glass. No sale needed.

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Trying to slam someone’s head with w hands while they’re standing on their feet is a lot different than doing it while on skates. Weber’s a huge defenseman. Where the head goes, the body will follow.

  17. vshehane - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    Looks like the drama queens stayed up late.

    • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      good one!

  18. 2qswing - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Wisniewski got 8 games for hitting Clutterbuck in the head after time expired. Granted Wiz had a history but this is definately suspension worthy. Cheapest shot I have seen in a long time.

  19. sonvar - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Cheap shot on both sides. If Weber gets suspended Zetterberg should get the same.

    • wingsdjy - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      How is Zetterberg’s play for the puck even remotely the same as what Weber did?

      • sonvar - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM


      • wingsdjy - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Even if you call that boarding, how is that suspension worthy compared to Weber grabbing Hank’s head and slamming it into the boards?

    • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      haha you are so stupid that it’s entertaining. HAHAHAHa

      • dangle13x - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Hey Sonvar, do us all a favor and go back to being a dumb piece of white trash. Leave hockey to people that aren’t dumber than they are hick.

  20. homelanddefense - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    wow, I understand heat of the moment frustration, but that is pretty bad. Should be a game off for that.

  21. bergeronforselke - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Zetterberg should given Webber a stone cold stunner

    1 game

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Weber looked an awful lot like Macho Man using 2 hands to smash an opponents face onto the top turnbuckle. I’m surprised he didn’t climb the boards and giving him a flying elbow drop, followed by a “oohhhhh-yeeeeeaaaahhh”.

      As much as I lean towards the Wings, this was a horribly officiated game. Two of the least penalized teams in the league and the refs couldn’t keep their whistles out of their mouths last night.

      • wingsdjy - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Agreed. The refs really destroyed the flow of the game. I’ll chalk it up to playoff jitters from the refs. I’m sure they’re being pressured to call the games tight.

  22. stangz11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    If that was real life he is being charged and arrested for assault. If he doesn’t get suspended at least two games what kind of message does that send?

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Weber will be suspended (hopefully) 1 game at least and then his penence will be doing Slim Jim commercials.

  23. drewsylvania - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    FYI, we’re not “drama queens”. Just fans looking for consistency from the league.

  24. michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Shea Weber just received a $10,000 check from the New Orleans Saints for his hit on Zetterberg.

  25. themediaisdumberthandirt - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    This is as dirty as it gets. Typical thug move, what good is a penalty when the game is over? I am of the belief that not only should he be suspended for 1 game, the Wings should start game 2 on a power play. Considering they play each other at least 3 more times in a row, why not have penalties carry over?

  26. mgp1219 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM


  27. daryllh - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    $2500.00 fine. Go figure.

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      G-D disgrace. Total BS after all the safety talk.

      If Z was Crosby, Weber would be done. Can’t say it wouldn’t happen.

  28. cweez2 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    League whines about player safety then lets this crap go. Should’ve been a game, two max.

  29. daryllh - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Best thing for Wings to do is to end Shea’s season by winning 4 games.

  30. ruonpoint - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    At minimum 2 days. Way to go Shanahan, keep up the consistency.

  31. 8man - Apr 12, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Oh my! That didn’t at all seem to be in the spirit of good sportsmanship.

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