Montreal Canadiens' Coach Claude Julien Hospitalized with Chest Pains

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2020

Game 2 of the Canadiens versus Flyers series takes place Friday afternoon, and we'll see if the Habs - who were the final team to qualify for the NHL's expanded 24-team format and upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers to get into the traditional 16-team playoffs - can rally around their bench boss. "He's just been a true pro ever since he got here", Philadelphia center Sean Couturier said of Hart, who turned 22 on Thursday. He's presently there and is under tests to determine exactly the nature of his condition.

"Claude experienced chest pain during the night", Bergevin said following a Julien-less practice on Thursday.

Julien is in his second stint as the Canadiens' coach after holding the same position from 2002 to 2006.

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was rushed out of the National Hockey League 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. This has nothing to do with COVID.

Montreal, which sat 18 points behind Philadelphia in the standings back in March, had some chances earlier in the period, with Arrturi Lehkonen coming close with the teams playing 4-on-4 before Flyers captain Claude Giroux hit the post off an offensive zone faceoff.

"Kirk [Muller], Dominique [Ducharme], and Luke [Richardson] will share the responsibility, however, Kirk is the associate head coach and he will assume the responsibility of head coach until Claude's return", said Bergevin. Suzuki, however, preferred to look at a bigger picture.

"We generated a ton", Suzuki said.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, sat fourth of four teams vying for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but beat the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning by a combined 11-3 scoreline in the round-robin tournament to grab top spot.

"I thought we did well", Julien said.

Some of both teams' confidence came from notching a power-play goal. "We got a lot of shots from the top, and that helped us to create chances".

Shea Weber replied for the Canadiens, while Carey Price stopped 29 shots in the loss. "Hopefully, that can build some momentum".

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