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Rangers' Kevin Klein scores winning goal after losing part of his ear

Rangers' Kevin Klein scores winning goal after losing part of his ear
New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein celebrates his game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 8 (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein lost part of his left ear following a high stick from Pittsburgh's Zach Sill late in the first period of the teams' game Monday night.

He looked like this:

But you think that's gonna keep him down? Not a chance. He was back on the ice during the second period.

And, oh yeah, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime. With 13 stitches holding his ear together.

“They did some of it on the bench and the rest at intermission. I don't know,” a smiling Klein said after the game ... when he looked like this:

"He lost a piece of his ear, and they sewed it back. Say what you want about hockey players, but they are tough," Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault said of Klein, who looked like this Tuesday morning:

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