UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Unhappy with

Scott Hartnell

's play, Flyers coach

John Stevens

benched the left winger for the third period.

"It looked like he didn't want to play tonight, so we went in another direction," Stevens said after the Flyers' 3-1 win. "I didn't like his game and didn't think he was moving his feet."

Stevens is trying to shake the Flyers out of their early-season doldrums. Hartnell's benching came on the heels of Stevens' demoting second-line winger Joffrey Lupul to the fourth line.

"Scotty's a good player. We're going to need Scotty to get where we're going," Stevens said. "It didn't look like he was going tonight. We were spending too much time in our own end so we shuffled our lines, and I actually thought we got much more things done in the third period."

Hartnell played 11 minutes and 19 seconds.

"I don't care if I play 20 minutes or five minutes, as long as we win the game," Hartnell said. "He's trying to hold guys accountable, and I have no problems sitting if he doesn't think I'm doing a good job. I'm a positive person, and I'm going to look at it in a positive way - and get back to doing simple things and keep [my] feet moving and getting pucks deep and not turning it over. You have to look at it that way."

Waiting on Shanahan

The Flyers remain hopeful of signing

Brendan Shanahan

, but they have yet to make an offer to the free-agent winger, general manager

Paul Holmgren

said during a break in yesterday's game. Holmgren said he is waiting to hear back from Shanahan's agent,

Rick Curran



As part of Military Appreciation Day (held, of course, on Veterans Day), former Secretary of State

Colin L. Powell

dropped the ceremonial first puck. . . .

Ossi Vaananen

, recovering from surgery on a broken finger, and

Riley Cote

(upper-body injury) were scratched. . . . The Swiss version of ESPN is sending a reporter to Philadelphia to film

Luca Sbisa

, who has been nominated as the Swiss newcomer of the year.

- Sam Carchidi