TORONTO — Kirk Muller said he wouldn’t be surprised if Claude Julien called or texted him between periods of Game 2 between the Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers Friday afternoon at the Scotiabank Arena.
That’s very good news.
Julien, the Canadiens’ head coach, was taken to hospital by ambulance late Wednesday night following his team’s 2-1 loss to the Flyers in Game 1 of their first-round best-of-severn playoff series. On Thursday afternoon, the 60-year-old had surgery for the stenting of a coronary artery at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. Julien was expected to return home to Montreal on Friday and doctors expect a full recovery.
Muller, the Canadiens’ associate coach, takes over the head-coaching duties during Julien’s absence.
When asked during a video conference Friday morning if he thought Julien would be watching Game 2 on TV, Muller said with a chuckle: “Oh, yeah. I’m sure if he can, for sure. I wouldn’t be surprised to get a text from him or a phone call between periods, even. Listen, from the tone of his voice last night he seemed good and I think he’s probably going to have enough energy today to, obviously, focus in.”