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Montreal Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19 before Game 3 against Vegas Golden Knights

  • June 18, 2021

Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home as his team prepares to face the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3.

The Canadiens canceled Ducharme’s pregame news conference Friday after a test from Thursday came back with a presumptive positive result. A second test confirmed the positive.

The league said that all other Canadiens and Golden Knights players and staff have tested negative.

The Canadiens and Golden Knights are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal with Game 3 scheduled for Friday night in Montreal at 8 p.m ET. The Canadiens earned the split after a 3-2 win in Game 2 in Las Vegas.

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Ducharme was promoted to interim head coach from assistant after the firing of Claude Julien on Feb. 24.

Under Ducharme, the Canadiens finished fourth in the all-Canadian North Division before upsetting the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets in the first two playoff rounds.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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