Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque has sustained a concussion, according to head coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday afternoon.
Therrien expressed that he was shocked at the realization that Bourque has a concussion. The team was originally under the impression that the forward was ill with the flu. However, upon undergoing an examination, the tests showed that Bourque was suffering from concussion symptoms.
According to Therrien, the organization is unaware of when or how Bourque sustained the injury. Bourque also was unable to pinpoint when it occurred, but that is less surprising considering he is, well, suffering from a concussion.
SB Nation's blog, Eyes on the Prize, is also unsure of when the injury occurred, but does have a potential idea:
The news came with a bit of derision for the Habs not coming clean right away about the nature of the injury, but it's highly possible that they didn't know. If Bourque was already sick, and we know that the flu has been going around the Habs locker room, it is possible that dizziness and fatigue could be attributed to his illness, and it was only when they persisted that he was tested. I'm speculating, but this seems likely to me.
There is no hit on Bourque that stands out in my mind as one that would cause him to be concussed, but it must have happened in the game against the New York Islanders last week.
Bourque has missed the team's last two games. As of Tuesday afternoon, there is no timetable on when he might be available to return.