2006_03_srangerslib.gifThe Rangers paid the price for taking the Islanders lightly Tuesday. After falling behind 3-0, the Rangers played a furious third period, launching 24 shots, but ultimately falling short in their 3-2 defeat. The loss and a Philadelphia win shrinks the Rangers’ division lead to three points.

The Rangers really do not have an excuse for coming out as flat as they did. Yes, they played back-to-back games over the weekend, but after losing to the Devils on Sunday, they should not have needed motivation for this game. Yes, the season has been a grind, but with four games left until the finish, they need to do better.

Instead, they lost and now they face a tough battle for the division title. The Flyers have a game in hand and the Rangers have to travel to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and then return home to face Ottawa to close out the season. It won’t be easy and throwing away two points against the Islanders may certainly come back to haunt them.