Ear reattached, Klein gives Rangers OT win

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Ear reattached, Klein gives Rangers OT win

Kevin Klein, bloodied earlier by a high stick that ripped off part of his ear, fired in a slap shot 3:45 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Klein, a defenseman showing off his offensive skills recently, scored for the second straight game and for the sixth time this season, a career high. He rescued the Rangers, who blew a 3-1 lead late in the third period when Pittsburgh scored twice in 24 seconds to tie it.

Part of Klein’s left ear was severed and reattached during the game, said Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault.

Pittsburgh wore its old school, black-and-gold uniforms but fell to 9-2-2 on the road. New York has earned a point in eight of the last nine regular-season meetings with the Penguins (5-1-3).

The Rangers finished the first period and started the second on the power play, thanks to a four-minute high-sticking penalty on Zach Hill that caused Klein’s cut.

New York didn’t take advantage of the long power play, but tallied the tying and go-ahead goals 4:50 apart to take a 2-1 lead.

After Lundqvist made a save on a short-handed breakaway early in the second, the Rangers seemed to gain their legs and energy. Miller tied it at 1 off a feed from Martin St. Louis at 3:50 of the second for his second of the season.

AP

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