You get away with a little bit more in the playoffs.
Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber was fined $2,500 — not suspended — for his actions in the moments following the Preds' win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their first-round series on Wednesday night.
As the final buzzer sounded, Weber got tied up with Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg in the corner. Weber first attempted to punch Zetterberg in the back of the head before driving Zetterberg's head into the glass.
"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 NHL senior vice president of Player Safety and Hockey Operations Brendan Shanahan. "We reached out to Detroit following the game and were informed that Zetterberg did not suffer an apparent injury and should be in the lineup for Game 2.
"This play and the fine that addressed it will be significant factors in assessing any incidents involving Shea Weber throughout the remainder of the playoffs."
Weber was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing at 20:00 of the third for his actions. The $2,500 fine is the largest the NHL can give out under the collective bargaining agreement.
See the hit below.