Don’t Sweat It

I think sometimes, the rivalry between our teams can be so intense that it gets the best of us. There’s no question that the recent history has had an impact there. And it’s clearly obvious that the history between Hollweg and Simon isn’t going away anytime soon.

In watching some of last night’s game, I will say that Hollweg’s hit on an Islander was cheap because it was late and near the boards. I do think sometimes he pushes the envelope. So, I am not going to take him off the hook when he does stuff like that. He needs to keep his head. He also got a dumb penalty for high sticking.

This game is very intense and everyone is battling. I just didn’t expect it to be at such a feverish pitch in exhibition. There’s eight regular season meetings still between these teams and I’m certain those will be very exciting.

Anyway, I also want to apologize for causing any animosity. It’s a long season and hopefully will be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

And on that note, the Ducks drop the opener to the Kings 4-1. Mike Cammalleri scored twice and Jonathan Bernier notched his first win in his NHL debut.

Bobby Ryan tallied his first career NHL goal for the Ducks.

The rematch is tomorrow in London.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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