Those are Scott Hartnell’s words after a numbing 3-0 loss by the Flyers on Thursday night to the New Jersey Devils. The defeat reduced the Flyers' elimination number to two points.

A Rangers’ victory Friday at Buffalo will officially knock the Flyers out of playoff contention.

“There have been other nights like this,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “I have always said that after the game, you come into the locker room and you sit here, you come in the next morning ... and the players care.

“The organization cares. It’s not a comfortable spot. There have been other nights like this as well, but you’ve gotta keep pushing forward.”

All the more reason why there should have been a little more urgency in the second period when the Devils won every battle in sight and gained control of the game.

“If you want to look at puck battles and who wanted it more, the second and third period, they totally took over the game,” Hartnell said.

“It was almost like men playing against kids. We pretty much lost every battle. You do that, you’re not going to win games.”