After forward Rene Bourque missed the Montreal Canadiens' past two games with what was originally described by the team as a bout with the flu, coach Michel Therrien confirmed Tuesday that Bourque has a concussion.
Following the Canadiens' 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders last Thursday, Bourque was a late scratch for the team's following game Saturday against the New York Rangers. Initially diagnosed with the flu, Bourque then did not travel with the team when they suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
In 17 games this season, Bourque has five goals and 10 points, surpassing the eight points he posted last season in 38 games with the Canadiens.
In Bourque's absence, offseason acquisition Brandon Prust has taken his place on the team's second line alongside captain Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec.