It's come to our attention recently that more than a few of you are having problems with Empty Netters in the new blogging format we adopted in the summer. We apologize for the issues.
The most common problem appears to be difficulties with Internet Explorer 6.0. For whatever reason, Community Server, the provider of our blogging platform, doesn't play nice with I.E. 6.0.
If you can, we highly recommend you download:
Download either of those and the problems should be solved for the most part.
If you're a Mac user and you're having problems, we don't
know what to tell you. We haven't used a Mac since an advanced publishing class
we took in college.
(We don't hate Macs. We're cool with them. The Post-Gazette only provides us with PCs.)
We feel we might be part of the problem as well given how many YouTube clips and photos we post on a regular basis. We will try to get the number of posts which appear on the front page of EN reduced.
But to be honest with you, we are somewhat frustrated with Community Server as content providers. The simple fact that it doesn't work well with I.E. 6.0, a browser that many people still use, is rather silly.
We have a lot of other issues with Community Server that we'd like to air in public. Plenty of things we were able to do with relative ease in our prehistoric format are very difficult or impossible to accomplish now. But we got into a little trouble venting our professional problems through EN over the summer. We're not going down that road again.
Overall, we think Community Server has enhanced the product. But if the masses can't even call it up, what's the point?
If you have any other problems or suggestions, please bring them to our attention and we will do our best to have them addressed.
Again, our apologies for the issues.
FIRE RAY SHERO
It took him a little while, but Marian Hossa finally scored as a member of the Red Wings. And he did it in a big way. That goal was an overtime winner in Detroit's 5-4 win against the Rangers. It was also his 300th career goal.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Dave Molinari's recap from last night. Sidney Crosby (above, left) had a good night.
-Matt Cooke is still dinged up.
-The Penguins aren't concerned about the economy hurting their business.
-Mario Lemieux's friendship helped William "Boots" Del Biaggio become a player off the ice in the NHL.
-Nick Johnson had two goals for the Nailers in a 4-2 road win against the rival Johnstown Chiefs.
-EN shutterbug Lisa Bohm went to Wheeling's first home game Friday and sent us a picture of the Nailers' new jerseys:
-Very nice, but Lisa reports the names and numbers are screen printed. Ick.
-Zach Parise's shootout goal gave the Devils a 4-3 win at Washington.
-Devils forward Bobby Holik is dealing with a broken pinky finger.
-Forward Patrik Elias became the Devils' career leader in assists.
-Check out this save Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki make last night:
-The Islanders will use forward Doug Weight on the point of their power play.
-Avangard Omsk, the KHL team of late Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov, will have a rough time moving on from his death.
-Saku Koivu had a goal and two assist and led the Canadiens to a 4-1 defeat of the Coyotes.
-Check out this hit Phoenix defenseman Kurt Sauer put on Montreal forward Andrei Kostitsyn last night:
-That led to Habs forward and former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos challenging Sauer:
-And that led to Montreal's Georges Laraque going at it with Phoenix's Todd Fedoruk:
-Two goals and an assist by Phil Kessel helped the Bruins beat the Senators, 4-2.
-Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson is dealing with an unspecified injury.
-Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is a pretty good agitator.
-Shootout goals by Slava Kozlov (right) and Ilya Kovalchuk gave the Thrashers a 3-2 win against the Sabres.
-Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves and led the Panthers to a 2-0 shutout of the Islanders. Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro made his first start of the season.
-The Capitals demoted forward Chris Bourque to Hershey of the AHL.
-Hurricanes forward Eric Staal is dealing with a shoulder injury.
-A member of one of hockey's most famous families, Carolina rookie forward Brandon Sutter is trying to make his own name.
-Lightning forward Radim Vrbata, who signed a three-year deal worth $9 million in the offseason, was a healthy scratch last night.
-Shea Weber's goal and three assists helped the Predators beat the Blue Jackets, 6-3.
-Shootout goals by Brad Boyes and T.J. Oshie gave the Blues a 4-3 win against the Blackhawks.
-Apparently, Blues Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore sure likes his money.
-Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman was named executive director of Canada's 2010 Olympic men's hockey team.
-Detroit forward Dan Cleary is dealing with an eye issue.
-The Red Wings unveiled a statue of hall-of-fame forward Ted Lindsay.
-As we mentioned in an earlier post, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane took the firing of former coach Denis Savard hard:
-Milan Hejduk's (above) two goals held the Avalanche edge the Stars, 5-4.
-Antti Miettinen's shootout goal gave the Wild a 1-0 win at Tampa Bay. Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves in the shutout win. Is it too early to start laughing at the Lightning and all its marvelous offseason moves?
-Ethan Moreau and Fernando Pisani each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers in a 3-2 win against the rival Flames.
-Check out the nifty goal Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano scored last night:
-Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre rocked Calgary's Dustin Boyd last night:
-With Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnosky, the Oilers have some pretty good shooters on the blue line.
-The Avalanche demoted forward Scott Parker to Lake Erie of the AHL.
-The Canucks demoted forward Kyle Wellwood to Manitoba of the AHL.
-Dan Boyle's overtime goal gave the Sharks a 5-4 win against the Flyers. The Flyers are now 0-3-2.
-The Ducks could use 2005 first-round pick Bobby Ryan in the lineup right now. He's tearing things up with Iowa of the AHL.
-Bob Smizik isn't down with fighting.
-Icethetics has a nice look at some of the new goaltenders masks this season.
-Presidential candidate Barack Obama has actually purchased advertising within EA Sports video games, including NHL 09.
-Don Cherry. In vintage form last night:
(Photos: Crosby-Matt Freed/Post-Gazette; Kozlov-Gregory Smith/Associated Press; Hejduk/Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)