The Rangers franchise-record nine game road winning streak came to an end on Friday night in Philadelphia, as New York fell to the Flyers 5-2.
Not only did the Rangers come away with no points to help their playoff chase, but they also lost Chris Kreider to a fractured foot in the first quarter.
The loss of Kreider, whom the team held on to at the trade deadline and signed to a seven-year extension, seemed to impact the team, as Philadelphia scored five straight goals after trailing 1-0 in the game's first few minutes.
"Listen, you lose one of your top forwards, one of your older guys who's a veteran who means an awful lot to us, it hurts but I liked the way we responded," said Rangers head coach David Quinn afterwards. "Again, we lost him midway through the first and we kept playing and played well throughout the second until the second goal.
"It was a tough game for us in a lot of ways."
Jesper Fast scored to give the Rangers an early lead, but the Flyers tied things up in the first period on a Sean Couturier goal.
The second period was all Flyers, as James van Riemsdyk scored off a big rebound from Alexandar Georgiev, a moment that Quinn felt deflated the team.
"I liked our game early," said Quinn. "The first period, early on, I thought we were a really good job managing the game, got the lead, and then I though we got a little sloppy with the puck in our end, got out 1-1, and then I really liked the first 12 minutes of the second period.
"They were very opportunistic. They played well. Give them a ton of credit. I never want to take anything away from the opponent because I thought they played a real good game tonight, but I just thought after that (van Riemsdyk goal) we lost a little bit of our mojo and we looked like we got a little deflated."
The Rangers don't have much time to feel sorry for themselves, as they'll be right back on the ice - in New York this time - against the Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
"We've faced a lot of in-game adversity, and we're excited," said Quinn. "We'll get some rest tomorrow and get ready to go on Sunday afternoon. I'm not worried with how we're going to handle adversity. I already know how we're going to handle adversity."