2006_03_srangerslib.gifYou can’t really blame the Rangers for being tired. Playing their 7th game in 11 nights, the Rangers came out flat, took several bad penalties and fell to the Senators 4-1. The loss leaves the Rangers with a four-point lead over Philadelphia, but the Flyers have two games in hand.

The Senators reaffirmed that they will be a force in the playoffs this year. Despite being without three of their top defensemen and the continuing absence of Dominik Hasek, Ottawa played a very good game. They contained Jaromir Jagr and took advantage of their power play opportunities.

The Rangers can now rest until they face the Flyers in a pivotal game on Wednesday. Philadelphia has weekend games against the Islanders and Devils, so Rangers’ fans will be in the odd position of rooting for the other local teams.