Friday's notes: At long last, a Gomez goal

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Scott Gomez #11 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates his third period goal against the New York Islanders with teammate Andrei Kostitsyn #46 on February 9, 2012 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Today's hockey notes start off with the end of one of the most mind-boggling goalless droughts in recent memory. Scott Gomez, who's making $7.5 million this season for the Montreal Canadiens, finally scored last night after going more than a year without lighting the lamp!

Nashville Predators News

The Hippodrome: Ruston Webster Is Our Hero | Pith in the Wind
A Scene reader submits a wonderfully appropriate goal song for Brandon Yip.

Trade Proposals: The future is on a deadline - Puck Drunk Love
I like the idea of the Preds trade speculated upon in here, but it would take a lot more going the other way than what's proposed.

Rinne anchors Predators’ surge - The Globe and Mail
Barry Trotz stumps for Pekka Rinne's MVP candidacy for the Ottawa media.

Nashville Predators lose to Ottawa Senators - The Tennessean
Barry Trotz didn't mince words about the defensive effort last night, as the Preds have given up a lot of goals since the All-Star break.

Nashville Predators' Mike Fisher returns to Ottawa - The Tennessean
Fish couldn't help but be touched by the reception he received last night.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Can last night's game serve as a wake-up call?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

It’s over: Montreal’s Scott Gomez finally ends goalless streak (Video) | Puck Daddy
A miracle for Montreal!

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund likely won't play this season - Tampa Bay Times
And he's got four more years left on his contract, too. Bad news here for the Lightning and Ohlund, who's a respected vet.

Junior A team melts down, swings sticks at fans after goalie ejected in mid-shootout (video) - Buzzing The Net
The oddest shootout you'll ever see.

Howe Sweet Would It Be If Gordie Laces ‘Em Up At Alumni Game? | Hockey Independent
That would be awesome, and it would be great to see Ted Lindsay alongside.

Will Nicklas Lidstrom Postpone Retirement To Play In The Winter Classic? | The Hockey Writers
Yeah, I can't imagine he'll hang the skate up this summer.

John Tortorella demands the right to throw a challenge flag - Backhand Shelf
NNnnooooooo....

The Winnipeg Jets and Missed Shots League-Wide - Arctic Ice Hockey
Quit complaining about the Preds missing the net.

Rumblings: Sellers starting to emerge - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun discusses a few players who might hit the trade market soon.

Canes Now - Rutherford: Decision on Ruutu next week | newsobserver.com blogs
The Carolina Hurricanes may lock up Tuomo Ruutu and take him off the trade market, as they recently did with defenseman Tim Gleason.

Stastny's Value (Not what you think, and a little positive mojo about our team and where we are headed) - Mile High Hockey
Colorado fans often get frustrated over Paul Stastny's output. Should the Avs ship him out of town?

Tough questions abound about Canucks' goaltending - The Province
You'd think they'd have bigger things to worry about in Vancouver.

Clutch Chris Phillips guides Senators to 4-3 win over Predators - Silver Seven
It was a fun night all around the Senators as they topped Nashville and celebrated a grand night for Chris Phillips.

Canucks At Wild Recap ; Breaking Bad Luck (5-2W) - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver now leads the Northwest Division by 15 points!

Blues Win In Shootout In New Jersey - St. Louis Game Time
Down 3-2 in the third period, the Blues tied it up late, and beat the Devils in a shootout to strengthen their hold on 4th place in the West.

Suck it, Phaneuf: Flyers hang on for 4-3 win over Leafs - Broad Street Hockey
Scott Hartnell scored his 26th goal of the season for the Flyers, and got into a fight immediately afterward.

Panthers play solid game, beat Kings 3-1 - Litter Box Cats
The Panthers leapt past the Capitals back in first place in the Southeast Division.

The Afterburners: Winnipeg Jets 'Capitalize' on Byfuglien's Crazy Goal, Defeat Washington Capitals 3-2 in Shootout - Arctic Ice Hockey
Last night was the Winnipeg Jets' turn to pull off a miraculous comeback, with two goals in 12 seconds to tie it late in regulation.

Rangers Vs. Lightning: Brad Richards Nets Winning Goal To Beat Lightning 4-3 In Overtime - Blueshirt Banter
There has been lots of chatter recently about Brad Richards' offensive frustrations, so naturally he scored the OT winner last night for the Rangers.

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