Player grades: Kailer Yamamoto fires the last shot as Oilers top Blues in barnburner

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Bruce McCurdy  •  Edmonton Journal

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman of the Edmonton Oilers celebrate a powerplay goal against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Enterprise Center on November 14, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat /Getty Images Article content Oilers 5, Blues 4

Edmonton Oilers’ topsy-turvy road trip took another turn on Sunday night, this one for the better. In a wild back-and-forth battle with St. Louis Blues, the Oilers blew a 2-goal lead in the third period but came out on top when Kailer Yamamoto scored to break a 4-4 tie with just 28 seconds left in regulation time.

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It’s been a weird trip that has seen the Oil drop a pair of games they were strongly favoured to win in Detroit and Buffalo, but battle through a fair bit of adversity to beat two top-level opponents in Boston and now St. Louis.

One would never know it by the score, but netminder Mikko Koskinen played a massive part in the win, making a number of ten-bell saves as the Blues peppered him with rubber both at even strength and on their #2 ranked powerplay which was highly effective in 5 opportunities. The Blues held the edge in play, producing a…

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