The Rangers' three-game winning streak was snapped with a 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Patrik Laine scored a hat trick, including an empty netter in the final minute, to hand the Rangers their first regulation loss in five games.
Laine's first of the night came at 19:04 of the first when his wrist shot from the circle beat Henrik Lundqvist blocker side.
Laine's second came at 11:01 of the middle frame, while he iced things with his 38th goal of the season with 33.4 seconds remaining in the game.
"There's a few players I think in the league who have a certain shot where they make you believe one thing but they do something different," Lundqvist said of Laine, who is second in the NHL in goals. "When you leave one of the best shooters with no pressure, he's going to pick you apart a little bit."
New York did everything well but score, but it wasn't for a lack of opportunities. The Rangers had several odd-man rushes throughout and Mats Zuccarello had the two best scoring chances, with one in the first on a wraparound and the other in the second off a feed by Jimmy Vesey on the side of the net. Zuccarello appeared to have an empty net, but goaltender Steve Mason stuck his left pad out and made the stop.
"I should have scored," Zuccarello said. "If I score on those, we have a game, but I don't."
That was the feeling inside the locker room. If one of those chances found the back of the net, the outcome could have been different.
"I think the game was right there for us, especially the first two periods," said Lundqvist, who has a .942 SV% in his last three games. "We had some great chances and it's just tough to see the puck just bouncing there and not going in. We do everything right but score tonight."