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Dec 20, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien looks on during the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

The Montreal Canadiens will likely play the remainder of their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers without head coach Claude Julien, as the 60-year-old has been hospitalized due to chest pains, per Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

“Claude experienced chest pain during the night,” Bergevin said following a Julien-less practice on Thursday. “We immediately consulted our doctors and it was agreed to transfer him to the hospital by ambulance. He’s presently there and he’s undergoing tests to determine the exact nature of his condition.

‘This has nothing to do with COVID.”

And with Julien not expected to return, Kirk Muller will become the man behind the Montreal bench against Philadelphia.

“Kirk [Muller], Dominique [Ducharme], and Luke [Richardson] will share the responsibility, however, Kirk is the associate head coach and he will assume the responsibility of head coach until Claude’s return,” said Bergevin. “We understand that Kirk does not speak French, but these are exceptional circumstances and we’re asking you for your understanding.”

Julien, who helped guide the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in 2011 and to a Finals appearance in 2013, is the all-time winningest coach in Bruins history, and his 658 wins are the 13th-most in league history.

The Canadiens, who knocked the No. 5 seed Penguins out in four games in the playoff qualifying round, are currently down 1-0 in their best-of-seven with the top-seeded Flyers.

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