Podcast: Derek on Monday’s great first round games, an observation plus a cool story


In my latest podcast over on Spotify, I review a busy first round slate from Monday night that included the Isles edging the Pens in two overtimes along with the Jets finishing off the McDavid/Draisaitl Oilers in an epic triple overtime to sweep Edmonton.

What went wrong for the Oilers and Pens? Can Sidney Crosby rally Pittsburgh at what will be an electric Nassau Coliseum for Game Six? The brilliant play of rookie goalies Ilya Sorokin and Spencer Knight, who at 20 made a memorable playoff debut by stopping the last 36 shots he faced to force Game Six against the Lightning.

The laser focused Cam Talbot who stole Game Five for the Wild in Vegas. Plus some Leafs and Habs. A cool story from my Devils production truck days in ’00-01. How great Marc-Andre Fleury could become with another Cup.

Please take a listen by clicking the Anchor link. Or follow me on Spotify at DFlex’s Pushing Buttons.

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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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