Following a six-point performance, including his first career hat trick, Nashville Predators Captain Shea Weber was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week.
Weber began last week by notching a trio of assists in the Predators 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, the sixth time in the d-man's career that he has registered three helpers in a single contest.
A few days later, the Preds captain made history by notching three power-play goals versus the Detroit Red Wings. The trio of scores represented the first hat trick by a defenseman in franchise history and made the 30-year-old one of five NHL blueliners since 1991 to have three power-play goals in a game. The three markers on the man advantage also gave Weber eight goals on the power-play this season - more than he had in 78 contests last season - and four off his career high set in 2013-14.
See video of Weber's hat trick below: The Predators face the Boston Bruins
at TD Garden tonight at 6 p.m. (CT) with full television coverage available on FS-TN (and NHL Network) and on the airwaves with 102.5 The Game.
Weber tied for second among all players with 3-3—6, including his first career hat trick, to power the Predators (13-8-5, 31 points) to a 1-1-1 record in three contests. He posted his sixth career three-assist game, and first since Nov. 18, 2014 at TOR, in a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes Dec. 1. After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers Dec. 3, Weber registered his first career hat trick – and the first ever by a Predators defenseman – in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 5. In doing so, Weber also became the first defenseman to post a hat trick for any team since Jan. 4, 2014, when former defensive partner Ryan Suter achieved that feat with the Minnesota Wild. The 30-year-old Sicamous, B.C., native shares second among defensemen with nine goals this season (26 GP), including eight via the power play.