Yegor Sharangovich was the first New Jersey penalty killer to encounter Fox, seeing him skate out of the New York zone. Fair enough: cut off the passing lane to the side and make Fox go up the middle.


Unhassled through the neutral zone, Fox next came to another forward, Nathan Bastian, who offered a cursory wave of his stick as Fox made his way to the Devils’ blue line.

There were two Devils left to beat: defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Damon Severson. With Fox sliding over to Kulikov’s side, Kulikov decided to go cover an invisible Rangers forward in the corner, leaving Severson to make the last flailing attempt to look like he was doing something to try to stop Fox.

Stunningly, none of this worked, and Fox wound up with his second goal of the season, with Georgiev picking up the fourth assist of his career.

The goal did not exactly provide a wake-up call for the Devils. Ryan Strome made it 2-0, five minutes later, on a goal assisted by Fox and Kaapo Kakko.