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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.

Despite comeback, Rangers suffer a crushing loss to enemy Islanders in overtime, Chytil turnover leads to Pulock winner, Kravtsov records first NHL point

In the first of many match-ups between Russian comrades, Igor Shestyorkin lost to Ilya Sorokin in a frustrating 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders. It wasn’t his fault. The blame falls on the veteran leadership of the Rangers, who couldn’t … Continue reading

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Georgiev conquers the Islanders again in good bounce back win, Panarin responds and kids step up

It was the play of the kids including goalscorer Alexis Lafreniere celebrating with Kaapo Kakko and Filip Chytil that sparked the Rangers to a good 4-1 win over the Islanders. AP Photo by New York Rangers courtesy Getty Images Over … Continue reading

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A Covid Shot to the playoffs, Vaccinated Rangers turn into the gang that can’t shoot straight in a brutal loss to grittier Penguins

Filip Chytil somehow missed this golden opportunity to score in a frustrating second period that swung the momentum towards the Penguins, who wanted it more in a 5-2 win that crushed the Rangers’ playoff hopes. AP Photo by Spittin’ Chiclets … Continue reading

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When your team trades away a player you love

Photo by @njdlove (Sarra) via Twitter. I’ll be honest. As a fan of the Hudson rival Rangers, I have it better. These days are tough ones for Devils fans, who have seen their once proud team fall on hard times. … Continue reading

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Everything works for Quinn in a blowout of the Penguins, Fox records three points to push Norris candidacy and Panarin dominates

It all worked for the Rangers in an 8-4 thumping of the Pens. AP Photo by New York Rangers via Getty Images You get a goal! You get a goal! pic.twitter.com/ej1KSA7Z1d — Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) April 7, 2021 Some nights, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Quinn’s lines for Rangers vs Penguins

Yesterday, it was reported that coach David Quinn went with different lines during practice in preparation for the Penguins. The Rangers have the Pens the next two games. So, it’ll be a big test. Considering that they’re still playing meaningful … Continue reading

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Devils’ rally too late in frustrating one-goal loss to Caps, who sweep the season series, Palmieri expected to be traded

“For us, it was probably one of our better games against them. We just didn’t end up on top.” Hear from Zajac after falling to the Capitals 5-4 today. #NJDevils | @UnibetUS pic.twitter.com/KAW1kDVLCT — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 4, … Continue reading

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Sabres take it in a shootout to spoil Kravtsov’s Rangers debut, Panarin’s pair not enough in a disappointing loss to more determined opponent

Vitaly Kravtsov finally donned his number 74 and made a good NHL debut for the Rangers. Unfortunately, after Linus Ullmark robbed him of his first goal, it was the Sabres who took the game in a shootout. AP Photo by … Continue reading

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Привет Виталий Кравцов! Vitaly Kravtsov likely to make NHL debut for Blueshirts tonight in Buffalo

It looks like it’s finally time for Vitaly Kravtsov. The 21-year old Russian prospect could be in line to make his NHL debut for the Rangers in tonight’s rematch at Buffalo. The superb New York Post reporter Mollie Walker all … Continue reading

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Orlov trips up Devils in low scoring game in overtime

Mikey likey #NJDevils | @Heineken_US pic.twitter.com/fCTSMuvBGM — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 3, 2021 Offense was hard to come by. For sixty minutes, it was virtually nonexistent in a tight checking game between the Devils and Capitals. Only two goals … Continue reading

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