By Arpon Basu (The Athletic)

Dominique Ducharme spoke at length following the final game of the season Wednesday about the challenges the Canadiens faced this season, and even his own experience trying to navigate them through those challenges as a rookie coach.

Those challenges are well documented, the brutal schedule, the lack of practice, the lack of rest, the injuries predictably piling up, all of it.

“The first day (I was named coach) I said if you asked me the way to become a head coach and the head coach of the Canadiens, I would probably write the story differently,” Ducharme said. “Then we encounter even more and different challenges with the schedule and COVID and all those things.

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