John Tortorella suffers two fractured ribs at practice

With the net empty and the Blue Jackets on the verge of potting an empty-netter, Dion Phaneuf laid the hook down on Cam Atkinson that John Tortorella was hoping would be an automatic goal.

The Columbus Blue Jackets‘ outdoor practice Friday came to an abrupt halt when head coach John Tortorella suffered an injury on the ice.

The 57-year-old coach was part of a “nasty collision” with Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque, resulting in him fracturing two ribs. The team could be without its bench boss for Saturday’s game against the Bruins. He did not travel with the team to Boston Friday afternoon.

Practice was halted as medical staff attended to Tortorella, who was able to skate off the ice under his own steam and head straight to the locker room.

Bourque said he hit some uneven ice right before the incident.