New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein suffered a fairly gruesome injury in the first period of Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins when a high stick took out a chunk of his left ear.
Klein left the ice to get stitches on the ear but returned to the ice for the second period. But simply being on the ice was not impressive enough for Klein, so with the game squared up at 3-3 in overtime, he fired home a game-winning goal.
Klein's clipped ear and game-winner were enough to grab a Broadway hat, awarded to the Rangers player of the game.
While an ear is not necessarily a vital body part for playing hockey, it is hard not to be impressed by Klein's toughness.
- Brendan Maloy