Awards are won over the length of a season -- not in a single night -- but nonetheless it's possible that Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber might have had a watershed moment on Thursday.
With his team trailing by a goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation against perennial power Detroit, Weber scored twice to deliver Nashville to a 4-3 victory, the team's fourth straight.
If Nashville, which plays in a smaller, nontraditional market, were playing another team similar to itself -- Phoenix, for example -- the moment might have gone unnoticed. But Weber's big moment came against one of the marquee teams in the NHL, a team that gets plenty of national media coverage.
It's the kind of moment that could stick in the collective memory of Professional Hockey Writers Association voters when they go to check their ballots in the spring when they pick the league's top defenseman. Weber was a finalist for the Norris Trophy last season for the first time. The other two...