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Injured Klein gives Rangers OT win

STITCHED RIGHT UP:Defenseman Kevin Klein had part of his left ear severed and then reattached before scoring the game-winner, his sixth goal of the season


Kevin Klein of the New York Rangers celebrates his game-winning goal at 3 minutes, 45 seconds of overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday.

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

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, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Rick Nash broke a second-period tie with his sixth goal in eight games, while Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York.

Nash and J.T. Miller scored in the middle period to turn a one-goal deficit into a lead, and Kevin Hayes made it 3-1 with 7:02 remaining in the third.

Nick Spaling staked Pittsburgh to a 1-0 lead in the first period, while Evgeni Malkin and Steve Downie scored in rapid succession in the third. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for the Penguins.


In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in his 1,500th NHL game to help New Jersey defeat Carolina.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider made 39 saves, including 17 in the third period.

Adam Henrique scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 13.4 seconds remaining in the second period for the Devils, who won for only the second time in eight games.

Jagr’s fifth of the season tied the score with 5:15 left in the second when he took a pass from Scott Gomez, who had two assists in his fourth game of the season.

Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk opened the scoring with a second-period goal. The Hurricanes registered the first 13 shots on goal in the third and ended up with a 17-1 edge in the period.


In St Louis, Missouri, Martin Brodeur made 32 saves in his first home game with St Louis, while Chris Porter scored his first goal of the season late in the third period to send the Blues past Florida.

Porter’s goal came just more than three minutes after Florida tied the game. Porter redirected Barret Jackman’s slap-shot past Roberto Luongo at 18:06 to give the Blues a 3-2 lead.

Peter Stastny added an empty-netter with 32 seconds remaining.

Maxim Lapierre and Ian Cole scored in the first period for St Louis.

Nick Bjugstad and Aaron Ekblad scored for the Panthers.

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