FRAT: Kevin Klein took a stick to his ear against the Penguins. Goes back and gets it sewn back on. Comes back out and scores the game winning goal
Klein, known more for his defense, has discovered his offensive game this season. The defenseman has scored a career-best six goals and has a career-high three game-winners -- including two in overtime.
His latest was the difference in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night after the Rangers squandered a late two-goal lead when the Penguins struck twice in 24 seconds.
"It might have hit their D-man in front. I was just trying to get it by," Klein said of his slap shot. "When it went in, I was pretty happy."
Klein's first goal of the season was also in overtime in a 4-3 win on Oct. 21 at New Jersey. He then netted the winner on Nov. 19 against Philadelphia.
This one was even more dramatic because early in the game, Klein was bloodied by a high stick from Pittsburgh's Zach Sill that ripped off part of his ear. That was reattached, and Klein resumed his role on the ice and scored for the second straight game.
"I am getting a lot of heat because I'm not using him on the power play," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said with a smile. "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."