As touched on in my previous post, Shea Weber was drafted by Nick Lidstrom for the All-star weekend. Saturday brought with it the NHL skills competition and with it, the hardest shot competition.
The hype going into the competition was Shea Weber vs. Zdeno Chara and neither one of them disappointed. Shea Weber won the preliminary round. Weber registered 104.6 and 104.8 mph shots in the preliminary round. That is what I call absolutely destroying a hockey puck. Zdeno Chara didn't even get over 104 mph in the preliminary round. But the two would meet again in the finals.
Weber started out with a 103 mph shot, but then Chara let loose on a puck and blasted a 105.9 mph shot. Weber tried to hammer the next puck but only managed a 103.4 mph shot, which is nothing to be ashamed of. It's clear that Weber and Chara have the hardest shots in the league. Team Staal ended up winning the skills competition.
The All-star game itself was odd. Team Staal came out firing and got out to a 4-0 lead, but Team Lidstrom responded and was leading 7-6 at the end of two periods. Team Lidstrom ended up winning the game by an 11-10 score. Interestingly enough, Weber was paired with Lidstrom. The Red Wing was combined with the Predator again(Ryan Suter and Brian Rafalski in the Olympics last year), and again the results were mindboggling. Nick Lidstrom finished with a plus-7 rating on the night, and Shea Weber finished with four assists and a plus-6 rating. How in the world Shea Weber didn't get the MVP I do not understand. Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Sharp won the MVP on the losing team! That doesn't make much sense to me. Shea Weber deserved to win the MVP tonight, and I think he would have had he scored one goal to go along with the four assists.
All in all, Shea Weber had the best All-Star weekend that any Nashville Predator has ever had. He is a Top 5 defenseman in this league without any doubt. Hopefully he can keep up his stellar play from before the All-Star break as the Preds get back to business this week.