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Gainey begins second stint behind Canadiens' bench

Edmonton (32-27-6) at Montreal (35-24-7), 7:30 pm EDT

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- General manager Bob Gainey returns to the

bench as the Montreal Canadiens host the Edmonton Oilers on


The Canadiens fired head coach Guy Carbonneau on Monday,

replacing him with Gainey.

Carbonneau was ousted 66 games into his third season with

Montreal, which was on pace to make its second consecutive

postseason appearance under the former Canadiens captain.

The 48-year-old Carbonneau, a member of the Canadiens for parts

of 13 seasons, coached Montreal to a 124-83-23 record in his

two-plus seasons behind the bench.

Gainey, also a former player with the Canadiens, has served as

the club's general manager since June 2003. The five-time

Stanley Cup winner previously served as Montreal's interim head

coach for the final 23 regular-season games in 2005-06.

The Oilers, who are wrapping up a four-game road trip, avoided a

third straight loss with a 4-1 triumph over the Toronto Maple

Leafs on Saturday.


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