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Rangers' Adam Fox didn't mind being booed by Calgary fans

Rangers defenseman Adam Fox skates with the puck

Rangers defenseman Adam Fox skates with the puck against Flames center Tyler Pitlick during the first period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 25. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Adam Fox said he didn’t mind getting booed every time he touched the puck Saturday night in Calgary in the Rangers’ 6-0 loss to the Flames. Actually, the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman said he kind of liked it.

"They’ve got some passionate fans and you could tell,’’ Fox said with a smile at Monday’s morning skate before the Rangers hosted the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. "I think that's a great part of sports, is when the fans are into it like that. And It made for fun atmosphere. It was cool for me.’’

Fox, the Jericho native, was chosen by the Flames in the third round of the 2016 draft, but was traded to Carolina in 2018 in a megadeal that sent Dougie Hamilton and Michael Ferland to Carolina and sent Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifan to Calgary. A year later, Carolina traded him to the Rangers.

The Calgary fans didn’t appreciate Fox not wanting to play for their team, apparently.

"Obviously, you'd like to be cheered more than booed,’’ Fox said. "But I wouldn't really expect to get cheered [in Calgary].’’

Fox thought he had stuck it to the fans when he cut to the net late in the first period – while being booed mercilessly – and scored on a magnificent backhander. But after the Flames challenged for offside, the goal was taken off the board.

"It's obviously tough, but yeah, I mean, those things happen,’’ he said.

NHL mum on Reaves

Ryan Reaves said he did not hear from the NHL after his illegal check to the head penalty against Calgary’s Andrew Mangiapane in Saturday’s game.

"It was the first time in my career I wasn't actually trying to hit the guy,’’ Reaves said.

Blue lines

D Libor Hajek was sent to AHL Hartford for conditioning. He didn’t need to clear waivers, but had to agree to go. He can stay up to two weeks before returning… D Jarred Tinordi was the lone healthy scratch… Monday was Military Appreciation Night at the Garden. Rangers players wore military-themed jerseys for warmups, which will be auctioned off, with portions of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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