The Washington Times - November 16, 2011, 12:38AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Shea Weber and Ryan Suter are really good. Bruce Boudreau on Monday called them the best defensive pairing in the NHL.

Tuesday night, they showed why.

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Not only did Suter and Weber shut down Alex Ovechkin, but they contributed offensively in the Nashville Predators’ 3-1 victory over the Capitals. Suter and Weber set up the tying goal 28 seconds after Washington took the lead, providing a stunning momentum shift.

It was huge – what a play by Weber,” Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said. “He used his speed, he was protecting the puck and he made a nice pass to Marty [Erat], who pretty much had an open net. That was huge.”

Weber, who added an empty-netter to seal the Predators’ sixth win in nine games, has an unbelievable plus-14 rating in that time. Every game has been against a playoff team.

Suter, whose puck-handling set the stage for the tying goal, has been almost equally as good as Weber, a Norris Trophy finalist last spring.

Playing together, the duo is almost unstoppable.

There’s definitely chemistry there,” Weber said. “We’ve played together for quite a while now, so it’s kind of like a second nature – you just kind of know what each other are doing, and it makes things easier when you play together for a while.”

Ovechkin was only on the ice for 16:56, meaning Weber (22:06) and Suter (24:05) both played a season-low. But the effectiveness was there to keep the Caps star off the scoresheet. Ovechkin finished with a minus-2 rating.

Weber and Suter thrived on the challenge of stopping him.

Not only is he one of the most skilled players in the world, he’s a big and strong guy, so it’s fun,” Weber said. “A lot of times we get the super-skilled guys who aren’t the big hitters. But he’s one of those guys who likes to play aggressive and physical as well.”