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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 Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.

Rangers cost themselves due to sitting back in frustrating overtime loss to Maple Leafs, Gallant hardly plays fourth line, Cuylle debuts, top guns no show

The frustration level is high. If you’re a passionate fan of this team, it should be following a tightly contested game played against one of the league’s best up in Toronto. Simply put, the Rangers didn’t closeout the Maple Leafs. … Continue reading

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Rangers take advantage of chances in uneven win over identity less Panthers, new lines work despite Gallant’s unhappiness

Sometimes, you can win a game and it’s not totally satisfactory. Even if it’s a game like last night where the final score wasn’t really an indication of how it was played. The Rangers will take it. They defeated the … Continue reading

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Canucks fans say goodbye to classy coach Bruce Boudreau, who gets send-off by players, Hughes hits 30 goals in Devils win, Gallant’s latest shuffling splits up Panarin and Trocheck

On Saturday night at Rogers Place in Vancouver, Canucks fans said goodbye to lovable coach Bruce Boudreau. In what amounted to the final game behind the Vancouver bench for the NHL lifer, the Canucks fell short in a 4-2 home … Continue reading

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Vancouver fans show their love for embattled coach Bruce Boudreau, Cogliano pays former coach a compliment, hockey world supports popular coach

Sometimes, there are stories that involve sports that make you feel bad. I’m not referencing anything dire here. That’s a good thing. However, as Hasan noted in a well written hockey column on the Devils successful road trip, he also … Continue reading

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Rangers’ top guns silenced by league best Bruins, who turn MSG into a morgue, Gallant short changes bench in blah loss

It would be easy to conclude that the Bruins are a better team than the Rangers. Through 45 games or so, the records of each Original Six team confirm that. The B’s played a back-to-back after taking care of the … Continue reading

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Improvement of young Blueshirts a key to second half, Lafreniere struggles continue, Kreider back to face league best Bruins

A few hours leading up to what amounts to a big game at 33rd and 7th when the Rangers host the league-leading Bruins in a battle of Original Six with plenty of history, let’s look into a few young Blueshirts … Continue reading

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Miller’s goal with a second left and Fox’s overtime winner allows Rangers to steal two points from Oettinger, Stars, Gauthier exits again due to collision with Blais, late heroics provide miraculous win

THE RANGERS TIED IT WITH 0.2 SECONDS LEFT AND THEN WON IN OT 😱 pic.twitter.com/HaioZ1ZniV — ESPN (@espn) January 13, 2023 Time was winding down. The desperate Blueshirts were running out of time. In search of the equalizer against the … Continue reading

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Fox sparks comeback win for Rangers in shootout over Zuccarello and Wild, Panarin gets winner for two big points, Gauthier and Kreider leave game with injuries

At this point, every game matters. In what amounted to an entertaining game between two good teams, it was the Rangers who persevered enough to come back and edge the Wild 4-3 in the shootout at a lively MSG. Considering … Continue reading

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Can Lafreniere rebound in the second half to save his season?

When they somehow lucked into winning the two-part 2020 NHL Lottery after getting eliminated by the Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Qualifier, the Rangers knew Alexis Lafreniere would be the number one pick in the Draft. Even after former GM … Continue reading

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Rangers blow game to determined Devils in bad fashion, Hudson rival turn tables in overtime comeback win in final meeting, Goodrow’s brutal giveaway proves costly in loss, Turk’s Buddy System

There are games that a team loses and they’re just shrugged aside. Then, there are bad losses like the one the Rangers had in Newark earlier this afternoon. They blew a two-goal lead after two periods to lose in brutal … Continue reading

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