Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme has missed the last four games and watched from home as his team ousted the Vegas Golden Knights. He should be out of COVID-19 protocols and able to return to the bench for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Montreal and the Tampa Bay Lightning, he said Saturday.
“I mean, I’m not putting X’s (on the calendar),” Ducharme said Saturday after addressing the team virutally. “I’m not trying to look at the calendar too often. It’s like watching your watch. Looking at your watch too often it looks like time doesn’t go by. So, I’m trying to be as busy as I can. Watching a lot of video and help the guys get ready.”NHL.com
The best-of-seven finals begin Monday in Tampa, with Game 2 to be played there Wednesday. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Ducharme expected back for Game 3
Ducharme, whose positive test was confirmed COVID-19 June 18, will have spent 14 days in quarantine by Friday. He has been working with acting coach Luke Richardson and the team via videoconference during his absence and will continue to do so until his return.
The Canadiens defeated the favored Vegas Golden Knights in six games to advance to their first Cup final since 1993. The Lightning are the defending champions.
Ducharme, 48, took over the Canadiens on Feb. 24 after the firing of Claude Julien. The Canadiens were 9-5-4 at the time and finished the regular season at 24-21-11. They defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games and swept the Winnipeg Jets in the opening rounds to reach the semifinals against the Golden Knights
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