Rene Bourque didn’t need a conversation with Canadiens coach Michel Therrien to know why he was a healthy scratch for Saturday night’s game in Toronto.

“I’ve had some good games and some not so good,” Bourque said Monday after the Canadiens practised in Brossard. “It’s been a tough year and I knew it was coming, and it happened to be Saturday. He didn’t have to say anything. I knew what it was about.”

“Obviously, I wasn’t happy but there’s not much I can do about it,” Bourque added.

What it’s about is a lack of production. Bourque hasn’t scored a point in his last 13 starts and has only one point — a goal — in his last 20 games. In the middle of that span he has missed a total of 12 games with two unspecified injuries but he refused to use the injury as an excuse.

Bourque averaged 23 goals a year over a four-season period but his production has tailed off since joining the Canadiens. He scored seven goals in the lockout-shortened 2013, which was even shorter for Bourque. A concussion limited him to 27 games. In 36 games this season, he has six goals and one assist.

That raised the question of whether he had trouble fitting into the Canadiens’ system, but again he declined to make excuses.

“Every team plays basically the same,” he said. “My game is forechecking, banging bodies and trying to get the puck low behind the net and throw it up top. I have to get rebounds in front of the net and, obviously, I haven’t been doing enough of that.”

Bourque skated Monday on the third line with Daniel Brière and rookie Michael Bournival and then talked about the importance of balanced scoring.