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Rangers Kevin Klein loses top of ear, plays on to score game-winner in OT

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning goal at 3:45 of overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein (8) drives the puck away from the net as Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16), New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) look on in the third period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. Klein scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Rangers a 4-3 win. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26), left and center Dominic Moore (28) celebrate defenseman Kevin Klein's overtime goal as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) reacts in an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. The Rangers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers celebrates his game winning goal at 3:45 of overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Rangers left wing Tanner Glass (15) skates in to celebrate defenseman Kevin Klein's (8) goal in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates in an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
The New York Rangers celebrate New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein's (8) goal in overtime as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) skates away in an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kevin Klein #8, Derick Brassard #16, Mats Zuccarello #36 and Dominic Moore #28 of the New York Rangers celebrate after scoring in overtime to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Kevin Klein #8 of the New York Rangers is held against the boards by Rob Klinkhammer #20 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein lost part of his ear against the Pittsburgh Penguins, had it sewn back on and scored the game-winner in overtime.

NHL players are freaking tough. Need proof? Look no further than New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein.

While playing the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, Klein was the victim of a high-stick from Zach Sill that ripped off part of his ear. He left the ice with blood flowing from his ear and had to get it sewn back on.

Then, after the Penguins scored two-goals within 24 seconds late in the game to force overtime, Klein scored the game-winner.

"I am getting a lot of heat because I'm not using him on the power play," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, via Fox Sports. "That is the second time he has come up real big for us in overtime.

"Good for him. He lost a piece of his ear, and they sewed it back. Say what you want about hockey players, but they are tough."

This has to be some kind of hockey hat-trick right, like the one named after Gordie Howe? Lose body part, reattach body part, score goal. Maybe they'll name it after Klein.

In the mean time, Klein wasn't as talkative simply adding: "It might have hit their D-man in front. I was just trying to get it by. When it went in, I was pretty happy."

Watch his game-winner in overtime below:

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NHL Star Kevin Klein Lost Part of His Ear and Still Scored Game Winner


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