If there was any concern about starting an early game on the right skate, Scott Hartnell’s alarm clock went off on time Friday morning.

The Flyers, who couldn’t find motivation in two losses in Florida, found plenty of jump early in the first period of a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. A couple days before, the 11:30 a.m. start was a cause for concern. As it turned out, the early play was a key to the win.

Matt Read returned to the lineup after missing one game with a foot injury when he blocked a shot in Monday’s loss to the Panthers. His reunion on a line with Sean Couturier and Steve Downie, helped get the Flyers a goal.

Coach Craig Berube opted to start Couturier’s “shut-down line,” against Winnipeg’s top trio. Instead of just stopping the Jets, the Flyers’ line applied a ton of pressure on the game’s opening shift.

The Flyers were changing lines when a failed clear by Dustin Byfuglien hit the skate of teammate Olli Jokinen and back into the zone. It found its way in front of an empty Winnipeg net and Hartnell hammered it home 48 seconds into the game, for his fifth goal of the season.

“I just shot it as hard as I could, and the goalie stood out of the net,” Hartnell said. “I’ll take it. It’s nice, your first shift just going right in the slot and there’s a nice little present waiting for you there. I’ll take it. It was a big start for us; we needed to have a big start.”

For the rest of the period, the table was set. The ice seemed tilted in favor of the Flyers. They outshot the Jets 13-2 and the Jets had 3:16 of power play time in the first frame.

To begin the second period, the Flyers had 1:23 of 5-on-3 power play themselves and did nothing with it. They only managed one shot on the power play. They still had some success on special teams, shutting down the Jets on six power plays.