Podcast: The Islanders Game 5 meltdown against Lightning, first thoughts on Gerard Gallant as new Rangers coach


Earlier, I put up a two part hockey podcast. In the first segment, I broke down the Islanders getting blown out of Tampa 8-0 in Game Five last night. Steven Stamkos finally broke out with two goals and Brayden Point continues his torrid scoring to tie Reggie Leach for most consecutive playoff games with a goal. What went so wrong for Barry Trotz’ club? Is tomorrow the end at Nassau Coliseum? Plus some thoughts on Vegas and the Canadiens after Game Four. Game Five is tonight.

In the second segment, I give my initial observations on the official hire of new coach Gerard Gallant by the Rangers. He becomes the 36th coach of the franchise. Gallant had some very interesting things to say about what makes a team successful. He wants the Rangers to be the “hardest working team in the NHL.” Strong words that are meaningful for the direction they need to take. Team President and GM Chris Drury wants the team to have a new captain. Something that’s necessary for the locker room and during games. I give my suggestion. Plus more thoughts on the roster moving forward.

To listen to the podcast, you can click on the above Anchor link above. Subscribe to the podcast or find DFlex’s Pushing Buttons on Spotify or Google. Catch any podcast.

I’ll have more later on the new Rangers coach Gallant.

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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