Predators captain Weber fined after driving Zetterberg’s head into glass

Shea Weber escaped suspension after driving Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass in Game 1 of the Nashville-Detroit series.

NEW YORK — Shea Weber escaped suspension after driving Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass in Game 1 of the Nashville-Detroit series.

But in handing the Predators captain the maximum US$2,500 fine, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said it will affect how he handles “any incidents involving Shea Weber throughout the remainder of the playoffs.”

As time expired in Nashville’s 3-2 victory Wednesday night, the Predators defenceman responded to a hit from Zetterberg by throwing a punch at his opponent before grabbing him by the head and driving him into the end boards.

“We felt this was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg’s head into the glass,” said Shanahan.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.