Dallas Stars: Shea Weber

Norris Trophy finalists

April, 26, 2012
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Boston's Zdeno Chara, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Nashville's Shea Weber are the finalists for the Norris Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top defenseman.

Here's the release from the NHL:

Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2011-12 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

Chara's strong two-way play helped the Bruins capture their third Northeast Division title in the past four seasons. The Boston captain led all defensemen and tied for third in the NHL in plus-minus (+33) -- matching his League-leading rating from 2010-11 -- and recorded a career-high 52 points (12 goals, 40 assists) to rank fourth among all defenders in scoring. In addition, he led the Bruins in power-play goals (eight) and average ice time per game (25:00). Chara is a Norris Trophy finalist for the fourth time in the past five seasons and for the fifth time overall; he captured the award in 2009, finished second in 2004 and was third in 2008 and 2011.

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

Karlsson enjoyed a breakout season, leading all NHL defensemen in scoring with 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists) in 81 games. He recorded 25 points more than any other League defenseman -- the widest winning margin since Pittsburgh's Paul Coffey lapped the field by 38 points in 1988-89 -- and set Ottawa franchise records for blueline assists and points. The 21-year-old also is the youngest defenseman to tally as many as 78 points in a season since Coffey's 96 with Edmonton in 1982-83. Karlsson topped NHL defensemen in shots (261), was ninth in the League in average ice time per game (25:19) and posted a +16 rating.

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Weber ranked near the top of several categories, helping the Predators earn their seventh Stanley Cup Playoff berth in the past eight seasons. The Nashville captain placed sixth in scoring among all defensemen with 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists), with his 19 goals tied with fellow Norris finalist Erik Karlsson for first place. He ranked fifth in the NHL in average ice time per game (26:09), tied a career high and led all defensemen with 10 power-play goals and posted a team-leading and career-best +21 rating. Weber is a Norris Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season; he finished second to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom in 2010-11.

Mike Ribeiro shines as Stars down Predators

January, 5, 2012
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Dallas Stars center Mike Ribeiro put on a solid showing in Nashville Thursday night, mixing skill and grit in leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Predators.

Ribeiro scored two first period goals, left the game late in the second after getting hit in the face with a puck but returned in the third period to help the Stars close out the victory that helps them keep pace in the very tight Western Conference.

“Some of that elusiveness you saw tonight was on display. I thought his compete level was real high. It was a great game,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He came back after losing some teeth and getting stitches and he’s diving to block shots. I really liked his game. Some fantastic moves.”

Ribeiro opened the scoring for the Stars 4:18 into the game, slipping by Nashville defenders Roman Josi and Kevin Klein and then beating Predators goalie Pekka Rinne with a backhand shot.

After Nashville had tied the game on a goal by Gabriel Bourque, Ribeiro struck again with 38.7 seconds left in the first to give the Stars a lead that would hold up for the rest of the game. After Rinne couldn’t handle a Nicklas Grossman shot from the left point, the puck dropped behind the Nashville goalie and Ribeiro poked it into the net to put the Stars up 2-1.

Ribeiro left the game late in the second period when he was hit in the face by a Trevor Daley shot with the Stars on the power play.

"He's not as good looking as he was before,” said Gulutzan. “He's lost some teeth and he's got some stitches in his mouth. We’re just thankful it wasn’t a broken jaw or something like that.”

Ribeiro left the ice, but then returned midway through the third period wearing a full cage.

“It was pretty gritty. I don’t know if people noticed, but he went down to block Shea Weber’s shot late in the third period. We’re up 4-1 and there’s two minutes to go,” said Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas. “He showed a lot of courage. He came back and played a really good game. He’s a big piece of our team. “

The Stars made it a 3-1 game in the second period when Predators defenseman Ryan Suter reversed the puck behind his own net, but it went right to Stars forward Jamie Benn who quickly put it past a surprised Rinne at the 8:46 mark.

The Stars came close to extending the lead three times within the next two on plays by Steve Ott. He hit the post on a breakaway, was pulled down on another breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot, and then hit the post on the penalty shot.

The Stars made it 4-1 in the third, taking advantage of another Nashville turnover. After Predators defenseman Shea Weber lost the puck, Jamie Benn set up Tom Wandell, whose shot from the left circle was tipped into the net by Adam Burish.

“If you look at our game tonight it was a pretty solid win,” said Robidas. “It’s a tough team to play. There are not too many teams that come in that building and win. It’s a tough team to play against and you ask anybody, it could be one of the toughest teams to play against. We knew what we had to bring.”

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Predators and spoiled the return of Weber, who had missed the last four games with a concussion that resulted from a hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in the Stars’ 6-3 victory over the Predators on December 23.

“They tracked well and we just didn’t have enough push,” said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. “We weren’t sharp. It was a self-inflicted four goals. That’s how I look at it.”

Notes

*Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas returned to the lineup after missing six games with a foot injury.

*Nashville fans booed Stars defenseman Mark Fistric, whose hit knocked Predators defenseman Shea Weber out of the lineup for four games.

*Fistric and Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo fought 1:46 minutes into the game.

*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 8-8 on the PK over the last four games.

*The Stars were 0-4 on the power play and are now 2-22 over the last seven games.

*Jamie Benn had one goal and one assist, giving him three straight multi-point games.

*Toby Petersen and Jake Dowell were healthy scratches for the Stars, who dressed seven defensemen in the game.

Stars top Predators 4-1

January, 5, 2012
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The Dallas Stars picked up two key points Thursday night, beating the Predators 4-1 in Nashville. The victory pulled the Stars to within one point of the Predators in the Western Conference standings. Mike Ribeiro scored two goals and Jamie Benn had one goal and one assist for his third straight multi-point game. Adam Burish also scored for the Stars. Kari Lehtonen stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve to 15-6-1 on the season. The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are now 8-8 on the PK over the last four games.

First period

Just 1:46 into the game Predators forward Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves with Stars defenseman Mark Fistric, whose hit had knocked Nashville captain Shea Weber out of action the previous four games.

The Stars opened the scoring at the 4:18 mark when center Mike Ribeiro beat Nashville defensemen Roman Josi and Kevin Kline and then backhanded the puck past Pekka Rinne from close range.

The Predators drew even 8:31 of the period when Tootoo beat Stars defenseman Adam Pardy in a puck battle behind the Dallas net and centered the puck to Gabriel Bourque, who then beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen from close range.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead with 38.7 seconds left in the period. Nicklas Grossman put a shot on net from the left point that got behind Rinne and Ribeiro poked it into the net for his second goal of the game.

Second period

The Stars made it a 3-1 at 6:28 of the second period. After Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter reversed the puck behind his own net it went right to Stars forward Jamie Benn, who quickly put it past surprised Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.

The Stars came close to making it a 4-1 game seconds one later, but Steve Ott hit the post on a breakaway.

Ott got a shorthanded breakaway a couple minutes later, but was pulled down by Suter and was awarded a penalty shot. Ott had Rinne beat, but his shot hit the post and it remained a 3-1 game.

The Stars went on their second power play of the game late in the period and lost Mike Ribeiro when he was hit in the face by a Trevor Daley one-timer.

Third period

Ribeiro returned later in the third period wearing a full cage.

The Stars extended the lead to 4-1 at 12:53 of the third, cashing on a Nashville turnover in its own end. Jamie Benn set up Tom Wandell, whose shot from the left circle was tipped into the net by Adam Burish.

Stars lineup

Morrow-Ribeiro-Eriksson
Ott-Benn-Ryder
Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak
Wandell-Burish

Grossman-Daley
Goligoski-Robidas
Fistric-Pardy
Benn

Lehtonen (starter)
Bachman

Scratched: Dowell, Petersen
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas, who has missed the last six games with a foot injury, will return to the lineup tonight when the Dallas Stars play at Nashville.

Robidas was injured in a December 20 practice when he was hit in the foot by a puck.

“It’s been a long time to watch from up top,” Robidas said. “It’s exciting. I am glad to come back.”

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he could dress seven defensemen for the game. Jordie Benn would be the seventh guy, so if the Stars go with six defensemen then Benn would be the scratch.

“We’re just trying to see where Robi is this morning and how many minutes he can log,” Gulutzan said. “It will up to Paul (Jerrard) and me. He runs the D and he’s got to be comfortable with the way he is doing things.”

Meanwhile, Predators defenseman Shea Weber will return after missing four games with a concussion. Weber hasn’t played since suffering the injury when he was hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric in Dallas 6-3 victory over Nashville on December 23 at American Airlines Center.

Fistric’s hit, which came late in the game, didn’t go over well with the Predators, who thought it should have merited a review by the league. Nothing came of it, though. Fistric was asked about the hit this morning.

“It’s in the past,” Fistric said. “For me, I’ve moved on from it. There was an injury to Weber and you never want to see a guy get hurt. We’ve watched the clip and didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hit itself, and it’s good to see that Weber is back playing. We’ve just got to move forward as a team and put things in the past.”

Here's video of the hit:

Norris Trophy finalists

April, 25, 2011
4/25/11
11:17
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The Norris Trophy finalists were announced today and Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom and Shea Weber are up for his year's honor as the NHL's top defenseman. Here's the release from the league:
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2010-11 James Norris Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2011 NHL Awards from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas. The 2011 NHL Awards will be broadcast by VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

Chara is a Norris Trophy finalist for the third time in the past four seasons and for the fourth time overall; he finished second in 2004, third in 2008 and captured the award in 2009. The Bruins captain led the NHL in plus-minus in 2010-11 with a +33 rating, matching his career high set in 2003-04. He recorded 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists), marking the seventh consecutive season he has surpassed the 40-point plateau. Chara also ranked second among NHL defensemen in shots (264), tied for third in power-play goals (eight) and was sixth in average ice time per game (25:26).

Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings

Lidstrom is a Norris Trophy finalist for the 11th time in the past 13 seasons. He has captured the award six times, placed second three times and third once. Lidstrom enjoyed one of his most productive seasons, ranking second among NHL defensemen in scoring with 62 points (16 goals, 46 assists) in 82 games, highlighted by a career-best 11-game point streak. He tied for fourth place among League defensemen in goals, was third in assists and tied for sixth in power-play goals (six). The Red Wings captain, who turns 41 on Thursday, led the Central Division champions in ice time, averaging 23:28 per contest.

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Weber, drafted by Nashville in second round of the 2003 Entry Draft, is a Norris Trophy finalist for the first time. Only two NHL skaters saw more ice time in 2010-11 than Weber, who appeared in all 82 games and averaged 25:19 per contest. The Predators captain set single-season career highs in several categories, including games, average ice time, assists (32) and shots (254). Topping all Nashville defensemen in scoring with 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists), his offensive contribution proved crucial to Nashville in securing a sixth playoff berth in seven seasons; the Predators posted a 13-2-1 record when he scored a goal.

Stars-Predators photos

October, 24, 2010
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Here are some photos from last night's Dallas Stars-Nashville Predators game. You can check out all of Shannon Byrne's photos here or by clicking on the photo of Jamie Benn and Shea Weber below.

#14 Jamie Benn battles for position against #6 Shea Weber.

Stars fall 1-0 to Predators

October, 23, 2010
10/23/10
7:49
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The Dallas Stars opened their six-game homestand with a 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators, who got a 30-save performance from goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Nashville got a goal from Cal O’Reilly 42 seconds into the game and Rinne held the for the rest of the way against the Stars, who played well and got some quality scoring chances in the game.

“I think that was one of the best games we've played this year,” said Stars coach Marc Crawford. “I thought except for a couple minutes in the first period, they played as good a game as we could have asked them to play... I believe if we play that type of game and capitalize on our chances the way we have been, we’ll be pretty pleased with a lot of outings like that and we’ll be on the good side of them."

The Stars, who outshot Nashville 30-24 on the night, are now 5-2-0 on the season. Nashville, the only team in the league without a regulation loss, is now 4-0-3 on the season.

Second Period

The Dallas Stars still trail the Nashville Predators 1-0 after two periods at American Airlines Center. The Stars had some great chances to get the equalizer, but couldn’t cash in.

The Stars got their first power play of the game at 9:28 of the second period and both teams had great chances. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne made a nice sprawling save after a shot from the point led to a scramble around the net and then a few moments later he stopped James Neal from point blank range. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up big, stopping Nashville’s Steve Sullivan on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Stars had another power play later in the period and Jamie Benn had a good look at an open net and shot high.

With the teams back at five-on-five play later in the period, Mike Ribeiro hit a post off the rush.

Some notes from the second period.
  • The Stars outshot the Predators 13-5 in the second and now have a 21-16 shots advantage through two periods
  • The Stars are 0-2 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill in the game
  • The Stars have won 23 of 38 faceoffs through two periods
  • Mike Ribeiro has won 10 of 12 faceoffs
  • Ribeiro and James Neal lead the Stars with four shots on goal through two periods
First Period

The Dallas Stars trail the Nashville Predators 1-0 after 20 minutes at American Airlines Center. The only goal of the period came early.

The Predators scored just 42 seconds into the game when a Shea Weber blast from the right point hit the post and Cal O’Reilly scored off the rebound.

The Stars had some good chances, among them was a Brenden Morrow shot from close range that was turned away by Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne.

The Stars took a penalty late in the period, so Nashville will have 1:39 of power play time when the second period opens.

Some notes from the first period.
  • Nashville outshot the Stars 11-8
  • The Stars won 11 of 16 faceoffs
  • Mike Ribeiro was 5-5 in faceoffs in the period
  • There was only one penalty called (Matt Niskanen/interference) and that came in the final minute of the period, giving Nashville the first power play of the game

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