The Canadiens are going to be short-handed for the crucial Recreation 3 of their Stanley Cup semifinal collection towards the Golden Knights.
Interim coach Dominique Ducharme shall be unable to get in on the motion. He’s isolating after COVID-19 irregularities.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman broke the information that Ducharme was believed to have examined constructive after his early morning press convention was canceled.
Believed Montreal head coach Dominique Ducharme has a confirmed constructive COVID check and won’t be taking part in Recreation 3 tonight. Will look ahead to additional info, however that’s what we all know at the moment.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 18, 2021
If he has a constructive check, then Ducharme shall be sidelined for a minimum of 10 days. That may knock him out for the remainder of the Montreal vs. Vegas collection, at naked minimal.
In the mean time, it is unclear whether or not any Canadiens gamers or staffers have examined constructive for the virus.
Ducharme obtained his second dose of the vaccine on June 9, per Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.
He obtained his second dose on June 9, with the remainder of the Canadiens who opted to get vaccinated.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 18, 2021
Within the wake of his isolation and potential constructive check, Montreal followers took to Twitter to help Ducharme and the Canadiens.
I discover the state of affairs actually heartbreaking for Dominique Ducharme! It is going to be a check of character for Canadiens tonight! #GoHabsGo
— Guillaume Séguin (@GuillaumeSegg) June 18, 2021
Toutes mes pensées sont avec l’humain extraordinaire qu’est Dominique Ducharme. Je lui souhaite la santé avant tout! 💙
— Nicolas Joyal (@NicolasJoyalThr) June 18, 2021
I fed horrible for Dominique Ducharme.
— Rick Springhetti (@Rick1042) June 18, 2021
Ducharme changed Claude Julien as Canadiens coach on Feb. 24 after Montreal misplaced back-to-back video games towards Ottawa and 5 of six video games. After that, Ducharme went 15-16-7 for the Canadiens and led them to the postseason, the place they’ve gone 9-4 in 13 video games to achieve the Stanley Cup semifinals.
In Ducharme’s absence, assistant coaches Luke Richardson and Alex Burrows will doubtless lead the squad. Richardson has been with the Canadiens since 2018 whereas Burrows, a former ahead recognized for his biting antics in the course of the 2011 Stanley Cup Closing, was employed as an assistant after Ducharme was promoted to interim coach earlier this yr.
The Canadiens-Golden Knights collection is tied 1-1 going into Recreation 3. Montreal was already an underdog on this collection, so it must overcome this newest setback to maintain its surprising playoff run going.