Ducharme misses Canadiens skate with irregularities in COVID-19 test


Dominique Ducharme was not at Bell Centre for the Montreal Canadiens morning skate Friday because of irregularities with the Canadiens coach’s COVID-19 test results. He is fully vaccinated and will be further tested later in the day.

Montreal is tied with the Vegas Golden Knights in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Semifinals with Game 3 on Friday (8 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Ducharme went 15-16-7 in 38 regular-season games after the Canadiens fired Claude Julien on Feb. 24. Montreal (24-21-11) clinched the No. 4 seed in the Scotia North Division, rallied from down 3-1 in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup First Round to eliminate the No. 1 seed Toronto Maple Leafs and swept the No. 2 seed Winnipeg Jets in the second round. 

The Canadiens’ seven-game winning streak was their longest in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1993, when it won 11 straight during a run to their most recent Cup championship, and has reached the third round for the first time since the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, a six-game loss to the New York Rangers.

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