NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The NHL fined Nashville defenseman Shea Weber $2,500 for slamming Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg's head against the glass at the end of Game One and warned the captain to be careful the rest of the playoffs.
Weber was assessed a minor penalty for roughing, and the NHL announced the fine Thursday while the Predators were practicing. The league noted the fine was the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
"This was a reckless and reactionary play on which Weber threw a glancing punch and then shoved Zetterberg's head into the glass," said Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's chief disciplinarian.
The incident came at the end of Wednesday night's 3-2 win by the Predators. Nashville had won the faceoff with 5.1 seconds left with the puck going to Weber, who was trying to keep it away from the Red Wings to seal the victory.
"It's a quick game and things happen and it's an emotional game," Weber said. "I'm just thankful he's not hurt, and now we can move forward."
Game Two is tonight in Nashville (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5, CNBC).
The Red Wings, meanwhile, lost center Darren Helm for the rest of the playoffs after surgery to repair tendon damage in his right arm. He was hurt in Game One. The team announced Thursday that Helm had successful surgery Wednesday night to repair the tendons.
Also, tonight, Pittsburgh will try to even its series against Philadelphia
(7:30 p.m., NBCSN), then Vancouver will try to do the same against Los Angeles (10 p.m., NBCSN).
Flames oust Sutter
CALGARY, Alberta -- Brent Sutter is out as coach of the Calgary Flames, who failed to make the playoffs in his three seasons with the team.
The decision came Thursday after a meeting between General Manager Jay Feaster and Sutter, whose contract was to expire at the end of June.
The Flames narrowly missed the postseason in all three years under Sutter, compiling a 118-90-38 record overall. Calgary went 37-29-16 this season.