2:40pm: Darren Dreger of TSN tweets that it is believed Ducharme has indeed tested positive for COVID-19 and will be kept away from the team for at least ten days. There has not yet been official confirmation from the team, but it appears as though Montreal will have to try and get through the Golden Knights without their head coach.
9:40am: The Montreal Canadiens were without their head coach at morning skate today, as Dominique Ducharme was sent home after COVID testing “irregularities.” This is the same situation that happened to Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar during their second-round series. Bednar was eventually allowed to coach that evening after further testing came back negative.
As Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com points out, Ducharme is fully vaccinated. That doesn’t necessarily discard the possibility of a positive test result, as there have been breakthrough infections previously. The coach is currently isolating at home, waiting for further testing results.
Montreal will take on the Vegas Golden Knights in game three tonight after tying the series on Wednesday. They obviously would rather do it with their head coach behind the bench, but the game will go on with or without him. At this point, there does not seem to be any irregularities with the player testing.