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Claude Julien fired as head coach of the Montreal Canadiens

The losing streak was too much for Marc Bergevin to accept.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Following yet another listless, less than impressive showing in a loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have fired head coach Claude Julien and associate head coach Kirk Muller. Dominique Ducharme has been named interim head coach.

Alex Burrows was also named to the team’s NHL coaching staff. He had been an assistant with the Laval Rocket.

After taking over on February 14th, 2017, Julien compiled a 129-113-34 record with a pair of playoff berths that both resulted in first round exits. In that time, the Canadiens nearly won the draft lottery in 2018, ending up third overall and selecting Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Despite the vote of confidence from Marc Bergevin following two eight game losing streaks last season, the current 2-4-2 run was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Marc Bergevin and Ducharme will speak to the media once the team arrives in Winnipeg later today. There is no word who will replace Alex Burrows on the Laval Rocket staff.