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Michel Therrien NHL timeline

Coach fired by Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday for second time

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The NHL coaching timeline of Michel Therrien, who was fired Tuesday as coach of the Montreal Canadiens:

2000-01: The Canadiens hire Therrien on Nov. 20, 2000, after getting off to a 5-13-2-0 start under Alain Vigneault. They go 23-27-6-6 under Therrien and miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

2001-02: Montreal goes 36-31-12-3 in its first full season under Therrien and qualifies for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Canadiens upset the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes.

2002-03: Therrien is fired by general manager Andre Savard after the Canadiens go 18-19-5-4 through 46 games. He is replaced by Claude Julien.

2005-06: After 2 ½ seasons coaching Wilkes-Barre Scranton of the American Hockey League, Therrien returns to the NHL on Dec. 15, 2005, when he replaces Ed Olczyk as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring rookie Sidney Crosby. They go 14-29-8 under Therrien and miss the playoffs.

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2006-07: After a slow start, the Penguins go 14-0-2 during a 16-game stretch, finish 47-24-11 and make the playoffs, though they lose to the Ottawa Senators in the conference quarterfinals. Therrien is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.

2007-08: The Penguins win the inaugural Winter Classic, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a shootout at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and finish first in the Atlantic Division at 47-27-8. They defeat the Senators, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992, but lose to the Detroit Red Wings in six games.

2008-09: After a fast start, the Penguins cool off at midseason, and on Feb. 15, 2009, one day after a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs leaves them at 27-25-5, Therrien is fired and replaced by Dan Bylsma, who leads Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup.

2012: Therrien returns to the NHL when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin brings Therrien back to Montreal for a second stint as coach June 5, 2012. He helps the Canadiens win the Northeast Division in 2012-13, but the Canadiens lose their first-round playoff series to Ottawa in five games.

2013-14: Montreal finishes third in the Atlantic Division at 46-28-8. The Canadiens advance to the Eastern Conference Final but lose to the New York Rangers in six games.

2014-15: Montreal again finishes first, this time in the Atlantic Division with a 50-22-10 record. The Canadiens defeat the Senators in the Eastern Conference First Round in six games, but lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in the second round.

2015-16: After the fastest start in franchise history, the Canadiens' season falls apart when goaltender Carey Price sustains a season-ending knee injury against the New York Rangers on Nov. 25, 2015. The Canadiens complete a 5-1 win against the Rangers to improve to 17-4-2, but lose 10 of 11 games at one point in December and finish 38-38-6, sixth in the Atlantic, and miss the playoffs.

2016-17: After another fast start, the Canadiens struggle in January and early February. Though Montreal is in first place in the Atlantic at 31-19-8, Therrien is fired on Feb. 14, 2017, and again replaced by Julien, who had been let go by the Boston Bruins a week earlier. He finishes with a 271-198-23-50 record in two stints with Montreal, ranking fourth on the Canadiens' all-time list for games coached (542) and victories (271), trailing Toe Blake, Dick Irvin and Scotty Bowman.

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