Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien announced at his noon news conference in Toronto that Rene Bourque has been belatedly diagnosed with a concussion. Bourque had missed the last two games with what was throught to be flu-like symptoms.
Team doctors discovered the concussion symptoms during routine tests connected with his illness.
Therrien said Bourque has no idea when the injury occured which has everyone scrambling for game-notes looking for possible events. For instance Bourque’s last shift in a game came as the Islanders were scoring the winning goal at 3:12 of overtime last Thursday. The only recorded hit involving Bourque in that game was one he initiated on the Islanders Matt Martin in the 7th minute of the first period.
The closest thing to a concussion inducing incident that I could find was that sucker punch he took from Colton Orr of the Leafs late in that 6-0 fiasco at the Bell Centre February 9th. If such is the case, it’s possible that Bourque carelessly hid or tried to play through symptoms for two weeks.
Therrien said “Sometimes you get these things and it doesn’t show up for a week or two. It’s a tough break because he’s been playing very well for us.”