It is only fitting that we rank Shea Weber’s top three goals from a year ago as the last installment of this top three goals series we have been doing, right?
In case you missed it, we have already ranked the top three goals from a year ago scored by: Mike Fisher, Eric Nystrom, Roman Josi, Colin Wilson, Seth Jones, Gabriel Bourque, Viktor Stalberg, Rich Clune, Ryan Ellis, Matt Cullen and Paul Gaustad.
Captain Shea Weber had another whale of a season last year. Weber lit-the-lamp 23-times last season, most amont all NHL defensemen, and also assisted on 33-goals last season totaling for 56 points in his 79-games played. Weber missed three games last season after this incident; ouch.
With Weber’s fantastic season, he was nominated as a finalist for the Norris Trophy (top defenseman in the league award), but for the third time in his career he did not leave the building with the hardware in his hand.
Keith did finish the season with more points than Weber, but had 17 fewer goals than Weber did. Another statistic to look at is Keith had a +22 +/- rating while Weber had a -2 +/- rating for the season. Keith also plays with a few guys named Marián Hossa, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews.
Would we be discussing Shea Weber not winning the Norris Trophy last season if he were a Blackhawk and Keith was a Predator? Just a thought.
I know you are here to watch Shea Weber slap-shots and goals, so enough ranting about Weber coming up short for the Norris Trophy.
Here are Shea Weber’s top three goals from a season ago:
Goal #3: A Weber-blast past Corey Crawford’s glove
Analysis: There is great passing displayed throughout the play here as the Predators are on the power-play. Roman Josi softly-passes the puck to Weber to tee him up for the one-timer slap-shot that goes by Crawford’s glove-hand that really did not have much of a chance to stop the shot.
Goal #2: Maybe the hardest hit hockey puck of all time
Analysis: Shea Weber absolutely annihilates this puck. It seems like every Sabres defensemen sees Weber get the puck and nobody wants to get anywhere close to Weber to try and disrupt the play; they all knew the slap-shot was coming. Stopping that puck is a tough ask for young net-minder Matt Hackett.
Goal #1: Shea Weber blows the roof off of Bridgestone Arena with the OT game-winner against the New Jersey Devils
Analysis: If you were lucky enough to be inside Bridgestone Arena this particular night, you witnessed Predators fans at their finest and their loudest. Shea Weber slides in behind Colin Wilson who lays the puck off for a Shea Weber shot. I was expecting Weber to bring back his stick for somewhat of a slap-shot, but he decides to go with the oh-so-sweet wrist-shot to beat Cory Schneider glove-side. The shot looks so simple and easy, but then you see the net bulge as the puck hits it; that puck had some steam on it even with the soft-looking wrister.
Well, that is all folks. We have concluded the Top 3 Goals series from the 2013-2014 season. Hopefully after next season we can continue the tradition but add some goal highlights form the Predators in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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