Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was rushed out of the NHL bubble on Wednesday night after being hospitalized with chest pains following the club’s Game 1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed Thursday.
Julien, 60, is under observation at a local hospital for what’s being reported as an issue not related to COVID-19. The Habs did not provide specifics on his condition, but did confirm the head coach will not return in the club’s Round 1 series versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over at the controls in the immediate term.
The Canadiens upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the five-game qualification round to advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs. They fell 2-1 to the top-seeded Flyers in the first game of the best-of-seven Round 1 series.
It’s a significant loss and certainly a distressing bit of news, but Bergevin does not it expect Julien’s absence to derail the Habs’ postseason run, saying this:
“We beat the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s not the coaches that beat them. It’s the players.”— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 13, 2020
– @CanadiensMTL GM Marc Bergevin on Claude Julien being hospitalized, and what it means for series vs. Flyers
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