Author Archives: Derek Felix

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.

The Avalanche are crowned new Stanley Cup champs over unbelievable Lightning, Hall Of Shame strikes again with Mogilny snub, questionable decisions in Toronto

On Sunday night at Amalie Arena, the NHL crowned a new champion. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to take Game Six in enemy territory to win the Stanley Cup. The Avalanche did it by … Continue reading

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Palat’s latest game-winner keeps Lightning alive in Game Five win over Avalanche

Ondrej Palat scored his seventh career postseason winner with 6:22 remaining in the third period to keep the Lightning alive in their chase for a three-peat. They defeated the Avalanche 3-2 to hold the celebration in Colorado and force Game … Continue reading

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Controversial Kadri goal in overtime puts Avalanche within a win of Stanley Cup, Replays show why Cooper and Lightning have reason to be disappointed

Statement from NHL Hockey Operations on OT Game 4-winning goal: pic.twitter.com/U4dXa2GDTe — Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 23, 2022 Controversy surrounded the conclusion of a well played Game Four won by the Avalanche in overtime 3-2 over the Lightning in Tampa. … Continue reading

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Czar Igor crowned as Vezina winner at NHL Awards, Shestyorkin finishes third for Hart a decade after Lundqvist, Matthews sweeps the Hart and Lindsay, Makar edges Josi for Norris, Drury up for GM of The Year

On Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, Igor Shestyorkin was recognized by most normal general managers when he easily won his first Vezina as the league’s best goalie at the NHL Awards on ESPN. An absolute no-brainer. Igor Shesterkin has won … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: A Father’s Day Hockey Celebration

By show of hands, how many fans got into hockey due to their Dad’s? It might not apply to all. But there are certainly plenty of hockey fans who love the sport because our fathers taught us about it. On … Continue reading

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Never Say Die Blueshirts gave us something special

As I sit here listening to and enjoying a classic show from Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood from MSG back in February ’08 in a time I went with Dad to see them, I’m in a moment of reflection. Love … Continue reading

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Eastern Conference Final: Lightning eliminate tired Rangers with a 2-1 win in Game Six to take the series, Shesterkin brilliant in defeat, Bolts go for three-peat versus Avalanche

Losing sucks. It’s tough when your team comes so close. Sometimes, you have to lose in heartbreaking fashion to finally win. Unfortunately, that’s what happened to the Rangers tonight in Tampa. Playing their sixth elimination game after losing Game Five … Continue reading

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Lightning Strikes: Palat’s winner with 1:50 left in regulation puts Rangers on the brink in gut wrenching Game Five, Offense continues to fire blanks, Do or Die in Game Six

If this was the plan, it sure didn’t go well. On another crushing goal from Ranger killer Ondrej Palat with 1:50 left in regulation, the Rangers lost a heartbreaking Game Five to the Lightning 3-1 before a stunned MSG. Gone … Continue reading

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Chytil and Strome are in for Game Five

When the puck drops for Game Five tonight, both Filip Chytil and Ryan Strome are in. Per #NYR Coach Gallant, Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil will be in tonight. — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 9, 2022 That’s a relief. … Continue reading

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Eastern Conference Final: Rangers put to sleep by stifling Lightning in Game Four snooze fest, Bolts tie series, Chytil hurt, Kucherov the difference

It’s all even. The Lightning made life miserable for the Rangers. In what was a sleep inducing Game Four at Amalie Arena, they were put to sleep by a dominant Lightning who won 4-1 to send the series back to … Continue reading

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