Predators defenseman Shea Weber believed he had sound reasoning for fighting Jared Boll in the second period of Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"Craig Smith got hammered pretty good," Weber said with a shrug.
Still, the play, in which Weber came to Smith's defense after Boll leveled the forward, shifted the complexion of the game with 10:07 left in the period.
The five-minute major and two-minute minor Weber received kept him off the ice for nearly seven minutes. During that time, the Blue Jackets tied the score on Artem Anisimov's backhand.
"A credit to Shea for stepping in, but they also lost one of their best players for seven or eight minutes," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "I think we scored a goal while he was still in the box. That was a big turning point."
Boll is an enforcer who had 46 points in 346 career regular-season games entering the game. Weber, a two-time Norris Trophy finalist, is considered by many as the premier defenseman in the NHL.
Should Shea Weber have fought Jared Boll?
Arizona Republic | Jan 20