A troubling trend is about to send the New York Rangers to an all too familiar place - home for the playoffs. The Rangers squandered yet another third-period lead and lost 4-3 to the Florida Panthers, a defeat that further damaged their slim playoff hopes. Mike Sillinger scored twice in New York, including the game-winner, as the Panthers pushed the Rangers deeper into 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers, with 72 points, are one point behind Buffalo and Montreal in the fight for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Since January 27, the Rangers have held third-period leads 13 times in 27 games. They have won seven, lost four and tied twice in those contests. 'There is no real reason for it,' said forward Adam Graves. 'We had a 3-1 lead and that put us in a position to win the game, but we let them back in it.' New York, who have missed the playoffs in the past two seasons, have seven games remaining. Buffalo will play eight more times and Montreal nine. 'Get up two goals and the same thing happens,' centre Tim Taylor said. 'I'm depressed. I can't believe what's happening.' Second-period goals by Mike York and Mathieu Schneider put the Rangers ahead by two. But Scott Mellanby scored at the end of a power play later in the period to make it 3-2 and set up the decisive final 20 minutes. 'It looks to me like we were running out of gas a little bit in the third period,' Schneider said. 'We have been sitting back, trying to protect leads, instead of going at teams. We played a lot of hockey in our end and that's what cost us.'