The wounds were still open from the Flyers’ latest blown opportunity late Monday night when Claude Giroux took a turn reentering the losing dressing room to tell reporters what went wrong.

The first-year captain surely just wanted to get in and get out following a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, so he didn’t give much thought to a question about what the Flyers need to do now that they have five days off before getting another chance to work on improving their dying playoff hopes.

“Just do the same things we’ve been doing ... make sure we’re on the same page,” Giroux said. “You know what? The season’s not over.”

Same page?

The Flyers still haven’t won three in a row all season.

Not over?

Mathematically, that’s a true statement. Realistically, the Flyers are in real danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 18 seasons and ninth since joining the NHL in 1967-68.

Here’s a math test the Flyers are failing:

Through Tuesday's games, they were five points out of a playoff spot with 18 games to play, and if it’s a Murphy’s Law week in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong, they could be nine behind by the time they return to action Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

“We can’t be negative,” winger Zac Rinaldo said. “We can’t be moping around being sorry for ourselves. No one is going to feel sorry for us, so we have to keep going.”

That’s the right attitude, but it might be too late