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Rangers forward Chris Kreider breaks his foot, could miss significant time

Chris Kreider just signed a seven-year contract extension reportedly worth $45 million.
Chris Kreider just signed a seven-year contract extension reportedly worth $45 million.file/Gerry Broome/Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider could miss significant time after suffering a fractured foot in the first period of a 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Friday night.

He appeared to get hurt when he blocked a shot by Phillipe Myers early in the first period. The Rangers later tweeted about the fracture and said he wouldn’t return to the game.

The 28-year-old Kreider just signed a seven-year contract extension reportedly worth $45 million on Monday. Kreider has 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 points in 63 games this season. Kreider was a 2009 first-round draft pick and has played his entire career with New York.

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The Rangers came into the game with a franchise-record nine straight road wins, and nine wins in their last 10 overall. They trail Columbus by 2 points for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

‘‘It’s tough. I don’t know how to put it into words, really,’’ Rangers center Mika Zibanejad said. ‘‘Obviously, a key player, and a key guy in the locker room, on the ice, and obviously for our line, for the rest of the team.’’