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Blue Jackets' Tortorella breaks ribs in practice collision with player

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella broke two ribs falling after a collision with forward Rene Bourque during an outdoor practice Friday and was not expected to coach tonight at Boston.

Associate coach Craig Hartsburg was expected to lead Columbus against the Bruins.

The injury occurred about 20 minutes into the Blue Jackets' first practice at a temporary rink built for public skating across the street from Nationwide Arena.

Bourque was part of a 3-on-3 drill, and Tortorella was along the left boards near center ice when Bourque fell and undercut his coach, who was blindsided.

"I hit a rut," Bourque said. "There's a big rut in the ice. I fell into (Tortorella) and took his feet out. I didn't even see him."

Tortorella, who coached the Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004, went down hard on his back and was prone for several minutes as he was attended to by the team's medical staff. The incident brought the practice to halt and a hush fell over the several hundred spectators.

Tortorella, 57, skated off with staff by his side and walked the half-block to the arena. He was not made available to the media.

"The funny thing about 'Torts,' he's tougher than all of us," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "If you see him down, you know he's hurt."

Caps game PPD: The host Capitals' game against the Ducks was postponed because of the blizzard moving into the East. No makeup date was announced.

panthers shut out 'hawks: Roberto Luongo moved into 10th place on the NHL career list with his 72nd shutout and the host Panthers gave the Blackhawks their second straight loss after a 12-game winning streak, 4-0. Said Chicago's Jonathan Toews, whose team lost to the Lightning 2-1 the previous night, "We ran into two pretty hungry teams this week, teams that play with a lot of speed. For the second night in a row we didn't match that speed … so I think we're pretty deserving of that result."

at Panthers 3 1 0 4
Blackhawks 0 0 0 0

First1, Fla, Smith 14 (Jokinen), 10:19. 2, Fla, Campbell 3 (Barkov, Huberdeau), 17:18. 3, Fla, Howden 5, 19:57. PenaltiesA.Shaw, Chi (hooking), 1:18; Gudbranson, Fla (high-sticking), 12:21.

Second4, Fla, Ekblad 10, 2:51. PenaltiesSeabrook, Chi (cross-checking), 10:47; Desjardins, Chi (roughing), 16:16; Luongo, Fla, served by Trocheck (roughing), 16:16; Desjardins, Chi, major (fighting), 18:44; Bjugstad, Fla (hooking), 18:44; Petrovic, Fla, major (fighting), 18:44.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesPanarin, Chi (holding), 12:08. Shots on GoalChi 8-7-12—27. Fla 13-10-9—32. PP oppsChi 0 of 2; Fla 0 of 3. GoaliesChi, Darling 5-4-2 (32 shots-28 saves). Fla, Luongo 20-13-4 (27-27).

Islanders 1 1 3 5
at Senators 0 2 0 2

First1, NYI, Leddy 3 (Nielsen, Okposo), 3:49 (pp). PenaltiesMartin, NYI, major (fight), 2:52; Borowiecki, Ott, major (fight), 2:52; Karlsson, Ott (hold), 3:30; Puempel, Ott (goalie interfere), 6:16; McCormick, Ott (slash), 10:46.

Second2, Ott, Ryan 16 (Karlsson, Zibanejad), 2:05. 3, Ott, Karlsson 10 (Lazar, Puempel), 10:51. 4, NYI, Clutterbuck 10, 11:10. PenaltiesMartin, NYI (tripping), :03.

Third5, NYI, Hamonic 3 (Tavares, Grabovski), 2:58. 6, NYI, Tavares 16 (Hamonic), 7:03. 7, NYI, Okposo 12 (Kulemin, Nielsen), 14:00. PenaltiesNeil, Ott (slashing), 3:29; Nielsen, NYI (tripping), 4:00. Shots on GoalNYI 10-10-14—34. Ott 8-18-4—30. PP opportunitiesNYI 1 of 4; Ott 0 of 2. GoaliesNYI, Halak 12-8-4 (30 shots-28 saves). Ott, Hammond 3-5-2 (34-29).

Red Wings 0 0 3 3
at Sabres 0 0 0 0

FirstNone. PenaltiesLarsson, Buf (hook), 3:42; Larkin, Det (trip), 7:24; C.O'Reilly, Buf, served by Eichel (interfere), 13:33.

SecondNone. PenaltiesNone.

Third1, Det, Larkin 15 (Glendening, Ericsson), 12:01. 2, Det, Zetterberg 9 (Larkin, Abdelkader), 17:09. 3, Det, Glendening 3 (DeKeyser), 19:11 (en). PenaltiesFoligno, Buf, double minor (high-stick), 7:19. SOGDet 12-15-18—45. Buf 8-9-2—19. PP oppsDet 0 of 4; Buf 0 of 1. GoaliesDet, Mrazek 17-9-4 (19 shots-19 saves). Buf, Lehner 0-3-0 (44-42).

Rangers 2 2 0 4
at Hurricanes 0 1 0 1

First1, NYR, McDonagh 6, 14:01. 2, NYR, Yandle 3 (Lindberg, Hayes), 17:53. PenaltiesNordstrom, Car (interference), 10:51.

Second3, Car, Nordstrom 3 (Nestrasil), 3:29. 4, NYR, Miller 11 (Fast, Stepan), 9:41. 5, NYR, Miller 12, 11:51. PenaltiesNone.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesGirardi, NYR (slash), 10:50. SOGNYR 17-14-1—32. Car 9-10-12—31. PP oppsNYR 0 of 1; Car 0 of 1. GoaliesNYR, Lundqvist 22-12-4 (31 shots-30 saves). Car, Lack 7-9-3 (32-28).

Blue Jackets' Tortorella breaks ribs in practice collision with player 01/22/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2016 12:15am]
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