Shanahan admits he pondered suspension for Weber

 

 
 
 

NHL chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan has been a busy man lately.

The playoffs have taken on a circus atmosphere, and it all kicked off in Game 1 of the Nashville-Detroit series when defenceman Shea Weber slammed Red Wings superstar Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass.

Critics of Shanahan were incensed that Weber escaped with a $2,500 US fine — without a suspension.

But on WFAN in New York, Shanahan admitted he was going to suspend Weber, but stopped after speaking with Detroit and discovering Zetterberg was fine.

“I looked at that one and I’m not happy with that play,” Shanahan said to WFAN. “I investigated that hit. I called Detroit that night. I think that (Weber) pushed (Zetterberg’s) face in the glass. I was really close to a one-game suspension on that and when I talked to Detroit and I talked to (WINGS GM Ken Holland) he basically said the player was fine.”

Brown hit typifies Kings series

When Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown knocked Henrik Sedin with a heavy check on Sunday in Game 3 of the teams’ playoff series, it sent the Vancouver Canucks captain crushing to the ice and striking his head.

As Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks continued, Sedin struggled to regain his footing and had to be helped to the bench before briefly leaving the Western Conference quarter-final — won 1-0 by the Kings.

"He’s a hard player and an elusive player to hit and I just got a chance to finish my check and I did," Brown said of the captain-versus-captain confrontation. "They reacted like any team would when one of their better players gets hit like that — that’s part of playoff hockey. I think the hit gave us a spark of energy and I don’t think we played as good as we could have in the first period. It was just one of those games that was in between for everyone involved until the hit. It gave us a lot of energy."

Ice chip: The New York Islanders have fired assistant coaches Scott Allen and Dean Chynoweth.

 
 
 
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