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

HARD HITS: A remarkable first round finishes with a stunning comeback and another shocker

So, you thought you knew it all when it came to the hockey. Not when it came to the first round of these playoffs. A remarkable round concluded late Wednesday night. There’ll be no repeat. Following the craziest third period … Continue reading

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Ovechkin is my hero

This was Alexander Ovechkin near the conclusion of the Capitals losing to the Hurricanes in Game Six at Carolina. His reaction was priceless. Alex Ovechkin slashes Saku Maenalanen, applauds the penalty call and gets ejected pic.twitter.com/cnijrY8PcE — Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Another One Bites The Dust

Another One Bites The Dust. Much like the classic Queen hit, higher seeds continue to go by the wayside in an unpredictable 2019 NHL Playoffs. The Winnipeg Jets became the latest victim in a first round that’s seen both top … Continue reading

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Cam Talbot calls out NHL inconsistency

Once again the NHL goalie interference review is flawed. Someone that’s played the game in the blue paint should be in the situation room. Games are being lost in the playoffs and it’s not right. #inconsistent https://t.co/1DmPfnZC9K — Cam Talbot … Continue reading

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Video of Day: Kevin Hayes’ Nightmare

When Kevin Hayes was acquired by the Winnipeg Jets from the Rangers, he was supposed to make a difference for them in the postseason. A good player who can score and set up goals, the soon to be unrestricted free … Continue reading

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AV meets Gritty, The crazy first round continues

Okay. So, Alain Vigneault and the Flyers are a strange fit. It’s gonna be interesting to follow for Ranger fans. The good thing for us is it’s from a distance. That makes it easier. We don’t have to concern ourselves … Continue reading

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Two unpredictable sweeps

We’ve come a long way. And we’re ready to keep proving people wrong. #Isles pic.twitter.com/wMnnnETv6Q — x – New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 17, 2019 Not even a week in and two Eastern Conference teams have been sent packing in … Continue reading

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Flyers hire Alain Vigneault

In news that isn’t shocking based on the rumors, the Flyers decided to hire Alain Vigneault as their new head coach today. It’ll be interesting to see how Vigneault does in a very unforgiving city like Philadelphia. Judging from how … Continue reading

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Blue Jackets put Lightning on brink, Islanders own Crosby Pens, Stone’s hat trick leads Golden Knights

Day Five had a couple of shockers along with a big road win and a remarkable performance. Two teams were put on the brink in the East. One heavy favorite and one proven winner. The Islanders continued their Pens mastery … Continue reading

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Cheap shots, Suspensions and Overtime

Day Four of the NHL Playoffs was chaotic. You had three Game Two’s go to overtime. You also had cheap shots and suspensions. One was handed out to Nikita Kucherov for his idiocy. He will serve a one game ban … Continue reading

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