Rangers’ Kevin Klein Can Lose a Chunk of His Ear and Still Defeat You

December 9th, 2014 by Dan Carson Leave a reply »

Hockey fans constantly assert that their players are the toughest in American sports.

No one eats a 108 mph pain sandwich and comes back asking for a second scoop of vulcanized rubber like a hockey player, they say. Turns out they are right. Hockey players are exponentially tougher than you or me. Pain is just a housefly they must shoo on occasion.

If you needed any more convincing of this fact, I direct you to Kevin Klein's game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

The New York Rangers defenseman scored a crucial goal in overtime to lift his beleaguered team to a 4-3 victory. More notably, Klein won the game while blood was oozing out of the ripped cartilage where a piece of his ear was reattached mid-contest.

Klein left the game in the first period after taking a high stick to his left ear. He would return to the game in the second period and play through overtime, scoring the pivotal point.

CBSSports.com's Adam Gretz reports Klein received 13 stitches for the ...

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