Dominique Ducharme mentioned he anticipated to teach the Montreal Canadiens for Sport 3 of the Stanley Cup Last in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ducharme examined constructive for COVID-19 on June 18 and have to be quarantined for 14 days. Sport 3 of the cup closing will happen in Montreal on July 2nd, 14 days after Ducharme examined constructive.
Sport 1 of the Cup Finals takes place in Tampa Bay on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
“I imply, I do not write an X (on the calendar),” mentioned Ducharme on Saturday after addressing the crew nearly. “I attempt not to take a look at the calendar too usually. It is like taking a look at your watch. When you take a look at your watch too usually, it appears like time just isn’t going to move. So I attempt to be as busy as potential. Watch a variety of movies and assist the fellows put together. “
Ducharme missed the final 4 video games of the Stanley Cup semifinals in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights; Montreal received this best-of-7 collection in six video games.
Luke Richardson has coached the Canadiens for the final 4 video games and received three to achieve the cup closing for the primary time since 1993.
“Nice job,” mentioned Ducharme. “We work collectively as a gaggle. We discuss each state of affairs. It is like that every single day. Now I needed to resign. We took that and went on. The identical goes for our gamers. In the meanwhile they’re actually practiced, they actually play the best way we wish to play. They assist. They’re positive to assist on this aspect as a result of they’re so sharp that it makes all the pieces simpler. “
Ducharme was promoted to teach after Claude Julien was fired on February twenty fourth. Montreal was 15-16-7 below Ducharme to achieve fourth place within the seven-man Scotia North Division and a spot within the playoffs. Montreal defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven video games within the Stanley Cup first spherical and swept the Winnipeg Jets within the second spherical.
“After we discuss adversity [the Lightning] confronted, they went by means of some ups and downs, ”mentioned Ducharme. “Discovered from it. They received it final yr. There is a cause they’re within the finals once more this yr. It is going to be a tricky problem for us, that is for positive. However that is the way it must be in each closing. We’re prepared for recreation 1. “