Posted January 05, 2012 on AP on Fox
Honda_nhl_superskills_383e
Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Nashville 4-1 on Thursday night, ruining the return of Predators captain Shea Weber from a concussion. Weber had missed four games since being hurt Dec. 23 in a loss at Dallas in a collision with Stars defenseman Mark Fistric. The Predators announced Thursday at the morning skate that the defenseman had been cleared to play, and Nashville had a franchise-record seventh straight sellout for Weber's return. But Ribeiro scored twice with Loui Eriksson assisting on both. Jamie Benn added a goal and an assist and Adam Burish had a goal as the Stars won for the second time in two meetings with the Predators this season. Gabriel Bourque scored his first NHL goal for Nashville, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Predators turned in video of the hit to the NHL, but Fistric wasn't punished. Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves off a faceoff 1:46 into the first period for a fight with Fistric that was more wrestling before Tootoo slammed the Stars defenseman to the ice with both going to the box for fighting. Ribeiro put Dallas up 1-0 when he easily beat Nashville rookie defenseman Roman Josi and tapped a backhander into the open net past Pekka Rinne at 4:18 of the first. Bourque tied it at 8:31 when Tootoo threw the puck out from behind the net, and Bourque snapped it in from the slot over Kari Lehtonen's glove for the goal. But Ribeiro put Dallas ahead to stay at 19:22 of the first as he backhanded a loose puck Rinne had gotten a glove on. The Predators had been off since a win over Calgary on New Year's Day, and they looked sloppy most of the game. It got worse in the second when Rinne passed the puck to defenseman Ryan Suter, who skated behind the net before passing it back behind him. Instead of a teammate, Benn had an easy tap-in off Rinne's left skate for a 3-1 lead at 6:28. The Stars could have led by more when Suter hit Steve Ott high during a short-handed breakaway, and referees gave Ott a penalty shot. Ott's wrister clanked off the post. Ribeiro got hurt when he took a puck in the face off a shot from the point by teammate Trevor Daley with 33.3 seconds left in the second. Ribeiro skated off and returned wearing a cage protecting his face at 10:43 of the third. Nashville coach Barry Trotz took his timeout at 12:40 of the third. It didn't work as the Predators had a turnover near the blue line grabbed by Benn, who passed to Wandell. He shot it, and Burish got a stick on it for the 4-1 lead 13 seconds after the timeout. Notes: The Predators sold out six straight games between March 16 and April 17, 1999, at the end of their inaugural season. ... Tootoo's assist gave him a career-high 19 points through 38 games. ... Bourque's first goal came in his fourth game with Nashville. ... Eriksson has points in five straight games against Nashville (3-6-9). ... The Stars have scored at least three goals in five of their past six games.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Predators Insider: No Weber No Worries... yet

When defenseman Shea Weber went out with his concussion, the logical assumption was that Nashville would have problems defensively. But the Predators have won three of the four games he has missed and have given up a total of only five goals in the three victories. Sunday, they raced to a three-goal lead and provided enough buffer -- they allowed only 20 shots on goal -- to hold...

Weber cleared to return to lineup

According to The Tennessean's Josh Cooper, defenseman Shea Weber (concussion) has been cleared to return to the Predators lineup. He is expected to make his return tonight against the Dallas Stars after missing four games. Weber was concussed against the Stars two weeks ago, courtesy of a hit from defenseman Mark Fistric.Also, according to Tom Callahan, Colin Wilson will not...

Weber returns to Predators lineup in Nashville’s 4-1 loss to Stars

The Nashville Predators set a franchise record with its seventh consecutive sellout at Bridgestone Arena, but fell to the Dallas Stars 4-1. The loss snapped a three game winning streak. Shea Weber made his return to the Predators lineup after missing four games with a concussion he suffered the last time the Predators met the Stars on December 23rd. Mark Fistric had to answer for...

Predators D Weber cleared to return from concussion

Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has been cleared to return from a concussion and will likely be in the lineup Thursday night against the visiting Dallas Stars.Weber has missed the past two weeks after suffering a blow to the head in a Dec. 23 game against the Stars. Doctors cleared him Thursday morning.The 26-year-old has been one of the top defensemen in the league this...

Predators downed by Stars in Weber's return

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Nashville 4-1 on Thursday night, ruining the return of Predators captain Shea Weber from a concussion. Weber had missed four games since being hurt Dec. 23 in a loss at Dallas in a collision with Stars defenseman Mark Fistric. The Predators announced Thursday at the morning skate...

Ribeiro scores twice to lead Stars past Oilers 4-1

Mike Ribeiro might be shedding his reputation as just a finesse player. Ribeiro and Jamie Benn both scored twice to send the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Ribeiro took a puck to the face during Thursday night's 4-1 win at Nashville, costing him a tooth and leaving him with a bloody mouth. The shifty center returned to the ice in that game...

Hurricanes-Predators Preview

Getting Shea Weber back on the ice wasn't enough to produce a win for the Nashville Predators, but beating their next opponent may be an easier task. Weber and the Predators look to get back on track and continue their dominance of the last-place Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night in Music City. After missing four games with a concussion, Weber returned Thursday against...

Predators' Weber (concussion) cleared to play

Nashville captain Shea Weber has been cleared to play in his return from a concussion that kept him out of four games, and he is expected to play Thursday night against Dallas.

Weber returns but Preds fall to Stars (AP)

Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Nashville 4-1 on Thursday night, ruining the return of Predators captain Shea Weber from a concussion. Weber had missed four games since being hurt Dec. 23 in a loss at Dallas in a collision with Stars defenseman Mark Fistric.

Preds D Weber cleared to return

Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber has been cleared to return for Thursday's home game against Dallas.

Ribeiro, Stars spoil Weber's return to Predators

Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Nashville 4-1 on Thursday night, ruining the return of Predators captain Shea Weber from a concussion.

Weber returns from concussion in Predators' loss to Stars

Mike Ribeiro scored two goals in the first period and the Dallas Stars beat Nashville 4-1 on Thursday night, ruining the return of Predators captain Shea Weber from a concussion.

Stars-Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators may have had their next game circled on their calendar for the last couple of weeks. They lost star defenseman Shea Weber to a concussion in their last matchup with the Dallas Stars, and these teams meet for the second time this season Thursday night in Nashville. Dallas (21-16-1) won 6-3 at home over Nashville (21-14-4) on Dec. 23, and Weber, the team captain...

Ribeiro provides the scoring punch in 4-1 win over the Preds

Final Dallas Stars 4 - Nashville Predators 1 For this day at least, the Stars focused on the hockey game and didn't get too caught up in the sideshow that the Nashville Predators provided. The Preds came out in this game looking for a fight, specifically Mark Fistric, as retaliation for a hit that Shea Weber took at the end of the last game that these two teams played. The...

Game 40: Dallas @ Nashville – Best Served Cold

Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images The game every Nashville fan has circled on their calender since December 23rd; a game that saw Nashville lose their captain to a questionable hit by Fistric. Shea Weber has been on the shelf with a concussion since that hit, but Nashville has still found a way to go 3-1-0. The Dallas Stars have gone 1-3-0 since that win and have fallen...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.