Canadiens Fire Assistant Coach Perry Pearn Shortly Before Game With Flyers


The Montreal Canadiens got a major shake-up on Wednesday night in wake of a pathetic start to the season. Well, maybe not major, but the Habs did make a move to try to jumpstart the team.

Montreal fired assistant coach Perry Pearn prior to Montreal's home game against the Flyers. The team made the announcement shortly before the game started, and according to Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy blog, Pearn was a part of the team's morning skate on Wednesday.

According to reports, players were told roughly an hour before the game began of general manager Pierre Gauthier's decision.

Pearn oversaw the Canadiens' power play which has been one of the many reasons for the team's early struggles. Nevertheless, the Habs entered play on Wednesday having gone just 3-for-32 on the man-advantage.

That, in part, has led to a forgettable 1-5-2 start this season, and they were booed off the ice at home on Monday night after dropping a 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

The slow start leaves the Canadiens in last place in the Northeast Division, making this week's home-and-home series with the Bruins even more important. The two rivals open their 2011-12 series on Thursday night in Boston before heading to Montreal for a Saturday night showdown at Bell Centre.

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