The Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night, but it wasn’t a very good game. The Caps blew the lead three times and let the Sabres surge back, but the real ugliness occurred when Buffalo defenceman and plug Mike Weber went headhunting for Swedes.
It started five minutes into the second period, when Weber put a chicken wing out for Marcus Johansson, who played through a concussion last season.
Johansson fell to the ice in pain as play was stopped.
The referees called Weber for only a two-minute interference penalty, which apparently wasn’t much of a deterrent.
With the game tied in the third, Weber struck again, elbowing Nick Backstrom, who missed forty games to a concussion in 2011-12.
With less than a minute left in regulation, Backstrom skated off for a long shift change. The linesman wasn’t looking as Weber strode forward and popped up his second dirty elbow of the night.
Backstrom fell to the ice and appeared in pain, though he did return to play before overtime. Weber was not punished for the hit.
Weber has committed 17 penalties this season, which some coaches and fantasy leagues still think of as a virtue. When it comes to puck possession, however, Weber ranks 192nd out of the 193 defenders who have played at least half the season. And that’s despite some relatively cozy deployment.
Weber is not cut out for the NHL, but while he’s here, it seems he’s gonna keep trying to hurt Swedish players with a history of head injuries.
Be proud, Buffalo.
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