Flyers Peter Laviolette Mike Richards
Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, right, chats with captain Mike Richards during practice Friday in Montreal. The Flyers will face the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals today. The Flyers lead the best-of-seven games series 2-1. Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press

Flyers captain Mike Richards got his team's attention with his scathing postgame comments Thursday night.

Richards called the Flyers' 5-1 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals "a good, old-fashion (butt)-kicking."

As captain, Richards talks to the media after every game. But he rarely has something as interesting as that to say.

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"Every time he talks, you know there's something wrong because he doesn't talk very much," Flyers forward Claude Giroux said Friday. "But when he does, you know it's pretty important. He's obviously right. That wasn't good that last game, and we've just got to be better."

If Richards was that candid with the media, to whom he usually says as little as possible, one can only speculate what he said to his teammates when there were no cameras or microphones.

Richards is an intense guy. It could not have been fun to be in that locker room anyway Thursday night, but especially not with Richards chewing the players out.

The captain said Friday he was satisfied with his team's response in practice.

"We talked about it again this morning," he said. "I thought today's practice was much more upbeat, and our execution was good. It's not like we don't know how to do it. I think it's just that the mindset of going into tomorrow has to change from yesterday, and I think the message was delivered and received and reciprocated by everybody."

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