MONTREAL - Not only are the Canadiens denying any suggestions of sabotage, head coach Jacques Martin said his players had their own skate-related issues during Saturday afternoon’s Game 4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. According to Martin, his team lost two centres - Scott Gomez and Dominic Moore - at the same time during the second period. “Both teams had skate issues,” Martin said Sunday, following a meeting at the team’s Brossard practice facility.
“With the new sticks, because of the intensity and battles and shots on the composite sticks, it makes more damage.” NBC reported during Saturday’s game at the Bell Centre, won 3-0 by the Flyers, that “sand or some other foreign substance” had been emptied onto the floor outside the door of the visiting team’s dressing room and down toward the tunnel. Subsequently, several players’ blades became dull quickly. A handful had to leave the game, some repeatedly, for skate repairs.
Published reports had captain Mike Richards leaving three times for repairs, for example. The Flyers attempted to alleviate the problem by placing a series of towels outside their room. “Every game, teams have problems with their skates,” Montreal defenceman Hall Gill said.
“There’s a lot going on in the arenas, more foot traffic, and there’s a tendency for more stuff on the ground.”
From Habs Inside/Out
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