Canadiens claim skate issues of their own

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The Montreal Canadiens are denying any sort of sabotage, although I
doubt anyone actually thought that the team itself had something to do
with the ‘sand’ that was on the rubber mats outside the Flyers locker
room. Furthermore, coach Jacques Martin claims his team had their own
issues. From Dave Stubbs of
Habs Inside/Out
:

“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.”


“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.” 

The Habs say that Scott Gomex and Dominic Moore had
to leave during the game for repairs of their own, but there is no way
that’s comparable to the endless parade to the locker room the Flyers
took during yesterday’s game. It’s also highly, highly doubtful that the
substance that was on the mats that caused gouges to appear in the
skates of the players came from broken hockey sticks.

Still, I doubt we ever get the true story for what
happened yesterday and who may or may not have place the substance on
the mats. It was more likely it was just an accident.

Although this will become much more interesting if
it wasn’t.