Adam Fox says Rangers will eventually earn league's respect after nifty shootout winner

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The Rangers missed an opportunity to make a statement against the Hurricanes last week, falling 6-3 to their top competition in the Metropolitan Division. But New York has rebounded with two straight wins since, including a 3-2 shootout victory over the Kings on Monday night.

The win for the Blueshirts put the team at 60 points on the season, the first team in their division to reach that mark, now three points ahead of Carolina for the division lead.

For the Rangers, the comeback victory on Monday wasn’t another attempted statement that they belong in the discussion of top tier teams in the NHL. Adam Fox says they’re leaving that for others to discuss.

“That’s kind of for media and outsiders to question,” Fox said after the sealing the win with a shootout goal “We have confidence in each other and know what team we are and what we can be, and the ultimate goal for us.

“We're just gonna come in and keep winning games and eventually people start not questioning every time we beat a team or win a game, but I think we just come in and try and take care of business and not let those outside factors really affect how we're going to play.”

Fox was called on for the shootout after it reached the sixth round, and beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with a top shelf backhand goal to erupt Madison Square Garden and give New York more of a cushion atop the division.

“Kind of had it in my head,” Fox said of his shootout goal. “I was debating between two, stuck with that one and glad I chose it.”

Fox didn’t bring much shootout experience to the ice on Monday night, but he pulled out a beauty when the Rangers needed it most, and even got some Twitter love from Johnny Manziel after being the hero in Monday’s victory.

“Haven’t been in a shootout since maybe my Juniors days,” Fox said. “I don’t expect to go too often.”

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