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: Blue Jackets prove you don’t need a high priced goalie to have success

AP Photo credit Russell LaBounty of USA Today via Getty Images Like most observers, I didn’t have many expectations for the Blue Jackets. They lost star forward Artemi Panarin to the Rangers. Let Sergei Bobrovsky go to his destination of … Continue reading

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Game #48: Costly mistakes hurt Rangers in 4-2 loss to Islanders without Panarin, hit All-Star break on sour note

You had to figure the Islanders would come with more urgency. Having dropped the first two meetings over the last week and then blowing a home game to the Caps while only getting a point in Carolina via a shootout, … Continue reading

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Hot Blueshirts Topics as they face Islanders before All-Star Break

Without the Wonder Bread Man, the Rangers would be one of the league’s bottom feeders in the Lafreniere Sweepstakes. That’s how much value Artemi Panarin has in Year One on Broadway. With less than a day away from some time … Continue reading

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Watch “Rangers lose to Blue Jackets 2-1” on YouTube

Rather than do a lengthy game review like usual, I actually recorded Vlog above on my YouTube channel. You can Like, Comment or even Subscribe. Though I’m not exactly a expert by any stretch at this yet. 😁 I attended … Continue reading

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The sheer lunacy of some Ranger fans

AP Photo credit New York Rangers via Getty Images As they prepare for battle tonight against the sizzling Blue Jackets on Championship Sunday, the Rangers face a dilemma in net. The three headed goalie monster won’t last forever. Eventually, management … Continue reading

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Devils hit the break in bad fashion

Elvis Merzlikins shutout the Devils with 41 saves in a Columbus 5-0 win that sent New Jersey into the break on a three-game losing streak. AP Photo credit Columbus Blue Jackets via Getty Images Let’s give them credit for winning … Continue reading

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A Georgiev Statement: Islanders mastery continues for Rangers wildcard, Kreider wins it with 24.6 seconds left

Rangers hero Chris Kreider wears the Broadway Hat after scoring a clutch power play goal to beat the Islanders 3-2 with 24.6 seconds left in regulation. He’s making a strong case to stay. AP Photo credit New York Rangers via … Continue reading

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Bread Man dominance of Islanders latest example of how great he is, Rangers send message to blood rival in 6-2 domination

The Bread Man Delivers by dominating the Islanders with five points in the Rangers’ best win of the season. AP Photo credit New York Rangers via Getty Images By show of hands, who had the Rangers getting six past Semyon … Continue reading

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Defending champs make Lundqvist and Rangers sing the Blues

The Blues taught the Rangers a lesson last night in a 5-2 win. AP Photo credit St. Louis Blues via Getty Images What started out well didn’t finish the same way for the Rangers. Following the 11th goal from Filip … Continue reading

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DeAngelo owns troll on Twitter, Thoughts on Lias Andersson

The computers aren’t happy with Tony DeAngelo or Ryan Strome for continuing to prove them wrong. DeAngelo was called a name by an unprofessional hack. He had the perfect response. For a while now, there have been a few biased … Continue reading

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