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Video: Bertuzzi fights Weber in response to “dirty” play Wednesday

Apr 13, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi didn’t waste any time before paying Shea Weber back for shoving Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the boards during Game 1 on Wednesday. The two got into a scrap at just 1:36 of the first period.

Zetterberg took offense to Weber’s actions on Wednesday, calling the hit “dirty.” The incident occurred late in the game and resulted in Weber getting a $2,500 fine. Given that he will earn $7.5 million this season, that’s not exactly a harsh sentence.

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The Bertuzzi fight sent a message and put the incident behind them early, which probably worked in Detroit’s favor. Mike Babcock seemed to think so, given that he reportedly applauded Bertuzzi. They needed to focus on winning Friday rather than simply getting Weber back and after the fight, they appeared to do just that. Ian White and Cory Emmerton each scored a goal to give Detroit a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.

  1. dropthepuckeh - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Good on Weber for accepting, great on Bertuzzi for initiating. Nice to see the code lives with some teams. I’d be hard pressed to guess the seeds in this matchup – two great teams. Its almost a shame its only the first round and one must go home.

    • paperlions - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      I agree on principle, but I can’t help but think it would be nice if Weber lived by the part of the code that addresses not grabbing a player by the back of the helmet and ramming his head into the glass.

  2. polegojim - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Well done Bert – good lesson for all. Bert will fight cleanly without fear. Only Weber holding on to Bert’s jersey for dear life kept him from getting smoked.

    Kronwall has yet to speak and Mule was awoken by the cheap face shot.

    It aint over. Pred made a big mistake.

  3. prov1x - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Bertuzzi will fight clean????

    Seriously dude? The biggest cheap shot in NHL history was doing! He’s a donkey.

    • polegojim - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      One horrible decision…. the rest has been a great career. Get a life.

      He did well.

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