Few scribes around the country are better at chasing a story to the very end than some of the beat reporters in New York. In fact, the Big Apple is full of diligent journalists who not only possess the ability to hammer the subject of their story into submission, but to fabricate the entire story themselves.
It's an art, really. Unfortunately for rational sports fans, it seems to be an art that is neither revered nor dying any time soon.
Let us begin with the acknowledgement that no sports editor in their right mind sends their best reporter to a hockey game. Not in America. Not in November. An intelligent hockey writer would remember that most of the league's best goaltenders will start an additional 3-7 high-octane games in a two-week span in February. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
We'll never be sure if this is a directive from over their heads or sheer ignorance on their part, but that sort of forward-thinking is rarely found in the press box at The World's Most Famous Arena.