Shea Weber’s power play blast carried Team Canada past Latvia and into the Winter Olympic semifinals.
The captain of the Nashville Predators did what he has done so many times before: push his team to victory.
Fifty-nine games into his NHL season with the Predators, there have been timely poke checks, crushing hits and resounding, game-winning goals for Weber. And at the even larger stage of the Olympics; there has been more of the same.
Weber has arguably been Canada’s best player in Sochi, Russia. A tournament where fellow superstars like Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry have underwhelmed (at least by their standards).
With one of the largest Olympic upsets in decades staring them in the face, Team Canada saw their 1-1 deadlock with Latvia broken by Weber’s tally with the man advantage, late in the third period.
Players that continue to dominate in the big moments are not soon forgotten.
Whether for the Predators or Team Canada, Weber is one of those players.
Canada’s 2-1 win pits them against the United States on Friday at 11 a.m. (CST). The matchup hockey fans around the world have dreamed about since their last meeting in the gold medal game in 2010, this year’s version of USA versus Canada should be another classic.
And don’t be surprised if Weber is the difference. Again.