Originally written on Smashville 24/7  |  Last updated 10/17/14
The much-anticipated return of Predators defenseman Shea Weber was overshadowed by a disappointing 4-1 loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars. Turnovers were costly for the Predators in the loss, as Dallas forwards Mike Ribeiro, Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson each tallied two points.“We weren’t sharp. It was a self-inflicted four goals – that’s how I look at it,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “Every goal, I can point to us rather than them.”The Stars took a 1-0 lead at 4:18 of the first period when Mike Ribeiro stick-handled around Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne en route to the net. With the scored tied at 1-1 – courtesy of Gabriel Bourque’s first NHL goal – Ribeiro scored again when he poked a loose puck past the goal line. The goal came with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first period and was a momentum-swinging tally.Though the Preds played a quality first period and out-shot the Stars 12-8, there was a noticeable change in both teams at the start of the secon...

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