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Claude Julien hospitalized, expected out for remainder of series with Flyers

The Canadiens head coach went to hospital with chest pains, Kirk Muller will take over.

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Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien has been hospitalized in Toronto with chest pains, and is expected to miss the rest of the series with the Philadelphia Flyers.

General manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement. Julien felt chest pains last night after game one of the series, that the Canadiens lost 2-1. Team doctors agreed to transfer him to hospital. It is not COVID-19 related, according to Bergevin.

Associate coach Kirk Muller will now become the acting head coach and will continue to work with Luke Richardson, and Dominique Ducharme. Muller was previously the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2011-2014. Richardson and Ducharme also have head coaching experience.

Bergevin’s full statement can be read here.

If Julien gets a clean bill of health, he will need to quarantine before being able to join the NHL’s bubble as he went to the hospital.

Bergevin says that he received positive news from Dr. David Mulder.

Shea Weber says that the Canadiens will rally around their coach.