Ranger’s Defenseman Kevin Klein Pulled A Mick Foley In Last Night’s Game, Losing Part Of His Ear During The Game Then Scoring The Game Winning Goal in OT
Ears – Kevin Klein lost part of his ear in the first period, then found the back of the net in overtime to give the New York Rangers a stirring victory.
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.
Thanks everyone! Saw the plastic surgeon this morning it is all good. #tysonbitmepic.twitter.com/xqJQuxz7r6
— Kevin Klein (@Realkevinklein8) December 9, 2014
For those of you who don’t get the Mick Foley comparison, Foley was a professional wrestler who lost most of his ear during a match when his head got caught up in the ropes. You see a lot of hockey fans rant and rave about how hockey players are the toughest athletes, citing a bunch of instances when they played hurt or recovered incredibly quickly from injuries. While I may not agree with some of their points, this was a pretty goddamn impressive thing to do. Not only did Klein come back into the game, but he scored the game winning goal in OT. That’s pretty heroic. Also, anytime I can make a Cactus Jack reference I’m going to jump all over it.