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Stars Down Predators 4-1

Updated: Jan 05, 2012 10:42 PM CST
Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) attacks the goal as Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32), of Finland, and Vernon Fiddler (38) defend in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators center Craig Smith (15) attacks the goal as Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32), of Finland, and Vernon Fiddler (38) defend in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)

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 December 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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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