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Substance on mats dents skate blades

Updated: May 22, 2010, 9:30 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MONTREAL -- The Philadelphia Flyers sliced through the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday despite a skate-sharpening mystery that affected them throughout Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

A mysterious substance -- hard enough to cause dents in skate blades -- on the rubberized mat in the tunnel leading out of Philadelphia's locker room and on to the ice, led to a parade of Flyers players getting their skates sharpened and re-sharpened during a 3-0 win over the host Canadiens.

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