Every time the Flyers get close to playing their way out of a hole they started digging more than a month ago, something always goes wrong.

They had another shot at getting back to .500 for the first time Monday night, and with Wayne Gretzky in the building watching from a club box, nothing changed in a 4-2 Toronto Maple Leafs victory.

That’s six times now the Flyers tried and failed to even their record, and in the losses they’ve been outscored to the tune of 29-12.

“We’re not going to make the playoffs if we keep playing the way we do,” Scott Hartnell said after scoring the first Flyers goal in his second game back from a broken foot.

“We talked about it after the game. If we don’t learn fast, as in Wednesday night (when hosting Washington), it’s going to be a long season. Guys have to realize that. Every point counts.”