The Rangers rallied from two-goals down in the third period but fell to the Islanders, 4-3, in a shootout Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes scored in the third period, but Jordan Eberle and John Tavares each beat Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout to deny the Rangers of their second win of the season.
"We buckled down," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Our guys worked extremely hard. Maybe our execution may not be perfect, but the work ethic in that room and the commitment to try and play the right way is there. I'm a firm believer in that if you prepare, work hard, things are going to fall into place.