Kyrou scores in shootout as Blues beat Oilers 4-3

Kyrou scores in shootout as Blues beat Oilers 4-3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jordan Kyrou scored the shootout winner as the St. Louis Blues beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday night for their second straight win.

Kyrou also had a goal and two assists in regulation. Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored.

“It was a crazy game,” Kyrou said. “It was just one of those weird games where weird things were happening throughout the game. It’s one of those games where you just have to stick with it and keep fighting.”

Jordan Binnington knocked out Edmonton in the tiebreak. He made 24 saves in regulation and overtime.

“It was a big character gain, the guys stepped up,” Binnington said. “We had to overcome some self-inflicted adversity.”

Zach Hyman, Connor McDavid and Kailer Yamamoto scored for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three.

Stuart Skinner made a stoppage after giving up a goal against Kyrou in a penalty shootout. Skinner made 29 saves between regulation and overtime.

Edmonton got off to a quick start thanks to a rare slip by the Blues, who were handed an early penalty for starting an incorrect lineup.

The Oilers scored on the ensuing power play just 63 seconds into the first half. Hyman spun around the net and slid a backhand shot under Binnington.

It was Hyman’s 14th of the season and fifth in three games.

Kyrou responded with his 11th of the season at 6:47. Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse coughed up the puck and Kyrou shot from the high slot into the top corner.

Edmonton retook the lead with another power play goal 4:32 in the second half. McDavid walked the ice and danced around a couple of defenders before sending a perfectly placed wrist shot into the corner.

McDavid’s 27th season extended his points streak to 11 games.

The Oilers went into the third with a 3-1 lead, 10:36. Tyson Barrie netted a long shot that was overturned by Yamamoto for his 100th career NHL point.

The Blues responded when Ivan Barbashev refined a passthrough to Thomas and he defeated Skinner with his seventh.

Tarasenko leveled the game with a goal from a man down with 19.1 seconds remaining on the rule. Another Nurse giveaway resulted in the puck darting to Tarasenko and the game going into overtime.

“We put ourselves in a position to win this game, but in the end it’s a 60-minute game, not a 59-minute (or) 30-second game,” said Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft.

“We only got one point because we made a couple of critical mistakes. But that’s hockey.”

It looked like Leon Draisaitl hit 2:22 into overtime with his own rebound, but McDavid was ruled to have put the puck offside on video review.

McDavid wasn’t thrilled with the verdict.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve thought that if you’ve got possession of the puck (if you go over the blue line), you’re in it. Whether I had possession or not, I think that’s the decision,” he said.

“The league needs to clarify some of these rules. What is a kick? What is offside? What is goalie interference? It probably depends on the night. It’s disappointing. Obviously we should never have let it get to this point.”


The Oilers’ league-leading power play went 2 to 5 after coming on with 11 goals on 24 opportunities in the previous seven. … Injury absentees for St. Louis were Marco Scandella (hip) and Scott Perunovich (shoulder). Forward Pavel Buchnevich returned after missing four games with a lower body injury. Fellow Blues forward Logan Brown was assigned to Springfield of the American Hockey League for conditioning. He’s coming back from a lower body injury. … For the Oilers were Evander Kane (wrist), Warren Foegele (unknown) and Ryan McLeod (unknown).


Blues: In Calgary on Friday night.

Oilers: host Anaheim on Saturday.


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