First, the captain, Claude Giroux, called out the team after a lethargic loss in Montreal.

Nine days later, Scott Hartnell -- two games into his return to the Flyers' lineup -- did the same thing after a loss to Toronto, adding that the club was in grave danger of not making the playoffs unless things quickly turned around.

Three games into his own second season of sorts, coming back from a fracture in his left foot, Hartnell has three points.

He’s doing what he does best: Creating space, hitting and inspiring others, as the Flyers try to get their act together.

“That's part of the job,” Hartnell said on Thursday. “You look around and the guys that wear letters -- Kimmo [Timonen], myself, G [Giroux] and Danny [Briere] -- it's on us to get everyone on the right track and it doesn't just end with us, either.

“There's Coby [Braydon Coburn] and Max [Talbot] ... right through the lineup there are guys that speak up. I think everyone has done a great job of putting in their piece.

“Sitting and watching for 16 games wasn't easy. You think of a lot of things to say. Hopefully, we're on the right track now.”

Hartnell’s physical play early Wednesday helped the Flyers to two, quick goals in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

“He looks terrible,” Peter Laviolette kidded, amid laughter. Laviolette seldom smiles these days, but was having fun with the media on Thursday.