Shea Weber became the second defenseman ever to record four assists in an NHL All-Star game and helped lead Team Lidstrom to an 11-10 victory over Team Staal on Sunday at Raleigh, N.C.
“It’s a lot of fun being here and playing with these guys,” Weber said. “It’s special to watch them, they’re so skilled and talented. It’s definitely a lot of fun.”
Weber, in his second All-Star appearance, also had a plus-6 rating, second only to his team captain and defense partner, Nicklas Lidstrom (plus-7).
The Nashville Predators captain was on the ice for two of the first four goals scored against his team as Team Lidstrom fell behind 4-0 fewer than six minutes after the opening faceoff. He then helped start the comeback when he had the only assist on Anze Kopitar’s goal at 10:50 of the first, which made it 4-1.
The score was tied 4-4 at the first intermission.
“During the regular season [if] you get down 4-0, you’re thinking panic button there,” Weber said. “I think we have enough skill in these games where you can play catch-up right away and get those four goals back.”
He finished the first period with two assists and added one more in each of the final two. His four assists led all players, and his four points tied him with teammate Loui Ericksson, a Dallas Stars’ forward (two goals, two assists) for game-high honors
Ray Bourque, in 1985, was the only other defenseman with four assists in an All-Star game.
Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (one goal, two assists, plus-2) of Team Staal was named the game’s most valuable player.
On Saturday, Weber finished second to Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara in the XM NHL Hardest Shot contest as part of the Honda SuperSkills competition.
The event featured two rounds. The first pitted six players from each side in head-to-head matchups to determine a team winner. The second featured the top player from each side to determine the individual champion.
Weber outgunned Chara head-to-head in team round. Both went fourth for their respective sides and Weber’s best was clocked at 104.8 miles per hour. Chara topped out at 104.1.
In the final round, Chara set a competition record at 105.9 miles per hour. Weber managed only a 103.4.
“I thought [Chara] was saving something,” Weber said. “Maybe I was trying a little too hard. I think in the first round I just shot the puck and then I was really trying to put something into it after that.”
Weber also finished second to Chara in 2009. That year, he did not have a point in the All-Star Game.