Kyrou scores shootout winner as Blues top Oilers 4-3

Kyrou scores shootout winner as Blues top Oilers 4-3

EDMONTON — Jordan Kyrou scored the shootout winner as the St. Louis Blues came from behind to earn their second straight win and defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday.

EDMONTON — Jordan Kyrou scored the shootout winner as the St. Louis Blues came from behind to earn their second straight win and defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday.

Kyrou, Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for the Blues (14-15-1), who had lost six of their previous eight.

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

Zach Hyman, Connor McDavid and Kailer Yamamoto responded with goals for the Oilers (17-13-1), who have lost two of their last three.

Stuart Skinner made a stoppage after giving up a goal against Kyrou on penalties and made 29 saves between regulations 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 when Hyman spun around the net and slotted a backhand shot under Binnington.

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

The Blues leveled the game 6:47 in the frames after Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse coughed up the puck and Kyrou fired a shot from the high slot into the top corner for his 11th of the campaign.

Edmonton regained the lead with another power play marker 4:32 in the second period. McDavid walked the ice and danced around a couple of defenders before taking a perfectly placed wrist shot into the corner.

His 27th of the year extended his points streak to 11 games.

The Oilers made it a two-goal fight with 10:36 in the third when Tyson Barrie floated a long shot into the net that was tipped home by Yamamoto for his 100th NHL point of his career.

The lead only lasted 49 seconds, however, as the Blues responded as Ivan Barbashev refined a pass to Thomas and he beat Skinner for his seventh.

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

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.

REMARKS

The Oilers’ league-leading power play went 2 of 5 Thursday after they came on with 11 goals on 24 occasions in the previous seven. … St. Louis is the only team in the NHL against which McDavid has not averaged at least one point per game in his career, with 18 points in 21 games. … The Blues came to Edmonton after conceding more than four goals in 16 of their 29 games. … 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 conditioning at Springfield of the American Hockey League on Thursday after missing the last 18 games with a lower body injury. … Out for the Oilers were Evander Kane (wrist), Warren Foegele (undisclosed) and Ryan McLeod (undisclosed).

NEXT

The Blues remain in Alberta for the second of a five-game road trip of the season against the Calgary Flames on Friday.

The Edmonton Oilers will play the second of two short home games against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday afternoon.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 15, 2022.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

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