Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin fired head coach Michel Therrien

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin fired head coach Michel Therrien

February 14, 2017 2:53 PM

Hoping to avoid one of the largest regular-season collapses in NHL history, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin fired head coach Michel Therrien and replaced him with Claude Julien on Tuesday.

Julien, who was released by the Boston Bruins one week early for another club stagnating to advance to the playoffs, 

The Canadiens, season-long leaders of the Atlantic Division, started fast mark under Therrien, eventually mounting a 20-point lead.  However, a 4-4-1 run to close January was followed by a 1-5-1 mark in February, watch both Boston and Ottawa to move with in six points of the Habs.

In fact, some contend that Ottawa is actually in first place in the Atlantic, since the Senators (64 points) has five games in hand on Montreal (70) entering tonight’s action.

Meanwhile, the Bruins (64 points) is perfect in three games since Julien was replaced by Bruce Cassidy behind the Boston bench. Included was Monday’s 4-0 shutout of Montreal on Sunday night.

That was the day Montreal asked for permission to speak with Julien, according to ESPN, which scooped NBCSN on its nationally televised game.

It will be the second stint in Montreal for Julien, 56. who last coached the Canadiens from 2003-06 – also replacing Therrien.