It doesn’t matter if you’re among the smoothest skaters in the NHL. You’re not going to get very far without skate blades. Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin found that out the hard way at his team’s practice Tuesday when he stepped onto the ice without blades on his skates.
The winger’s initial tumble wasn’t caught on camera, but the aftermath was.
“I just forgot I had new skates today and my new blades weren’t on my new skates so I came out, didn’t even feel it walking onto the ice, I just stepped on and definitely felt it there,” Drouin told reporters.
The 22-year-old leads the Canadiens with 16 points through 24 games and snapped an eight-game goalless drought Monday with a power-play marker in a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I don’t think it takes a genius to know you need blades on your skates,” Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, whose grin could not be wiped from his face, said. “I’ve never seen that in my life. He instantly thought someone put tape on his blades [as a prank] and he looked down and he didn’t have blades on his skates.”
The Canadiens, fresh off back-to-back victories thanks to the return of goaltender Carey Price, are set to host the Ottawa Senators Wednesday.