MONTREAL — This can’t be the script the Rangers bring with them when they go to Montreal, but this is how the story continues to unfold. They staged an epic comeback here on Nov. 23 that emerged as a turning point in their 2019-20 season; on Thursday night they returned to author a sequel, and while the plot of this latest one may have strayed in meaningful ways from the original, the pivotal scene – that is, the game-winning goal – turned out to be a shot-for-shot remake.
Adam Fox’s goal with 7:39 remaining in Thursday’s game easily could have been mistaken for Jacob Trouba’s goal with 7:50 to play in the Rangers’ visit here three months ago – the right defenseman shooting from off the right wall, into a Chris Kreider screen on Carey Price, the goaltender getting a piece of it but not enough as it squirts over the line. Cue the groans around the Bell Centre.
Fox, though, only continues to make it clear that he is a one-of-a-kind player. He was unrelenting on Thursday night, even during stretches when his teammates were struggling to find their footing, and the Rangers needed every bit of it – not to mention every save that Alexandar Georgiev made to keep their task manageable – as they erased a two-goal deficit with a five-goal outburst to beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2, their fifth straight victory and their extraordinary ninth straight on the road.