GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MAY 07: Justin Krueger (back) of Germany tackles Chris Kreider (front) of USA during the IIHF World Championship group D match between USA and Germany at Veltins Arena on May 7, 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Midway through the second period, Gibbons attempted to clear the puck on the penalty kill, but the puck found its way under Kreider's visor. Kreider immediately went to the ice, writhing in pain along the boards. He even left a bit of TIGER BLOOD on the ice. Kreider came off the ice under his own power, but was taken to the hospital for X-rays.
The injury could very well end Kreider's season, according to Coach York, just as BC was poised to make a run in this year's Hockey East Tournament and the NCAAs.
Kreider, a New York Rangers prospect, has 11 goals and 12 assists in 31 games this year for BC. Kreider has been somewhat quiet in the Eagles' last four games, tallying just one assist in BC's 2-1 win over UMass. Kreider did, however, have a field day in BC's three-game week against Northeastern, scoring 4 goals and an assist, including 3 points in BC's 7-6 win in the Beanpot Championship (en route to being named Beanpot Tournament MVP).
Last season, Kreider tallied 2 goal and 3 assists in the Hockey East Tournament, as well as a goal and an assist in BC's Frozen Four victories over Miami and Wisconsin.
If Kreider can't go the rest of the season, his presence will definitely be missed on BC's second line. The injury may also make his decision to jump to the pros in the off-season a bit easier.