Oscar Klefbom is scoring goals when they matter most for the Edmonton Oilers.
The defenseman scored the game-tying goal with 56 seconds left in the third period and center Connor McDavid got the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Oilers a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.
It was the Klefbom's third goal of the season. The first two were back-to-back game-winners: He scored in overtime to give the Oilers a 1-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 27 and broke a tie with 2:20 remaining in the third period for a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 29.
Klefbom scored the 14th game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation this season and the first by the Oilers. The Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks are the only teams to score two such goals in 2018-19. Klefbom was the third defenseman this season to score a game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period, joining Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild (Oct. 11 vs. Chicago) and Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators (Nov. 10 at Dallas).
Edmonton became the 17th team this season to win multiple games after trailing by more than one goal. It was the 61st time in 2018-19 a team rallied from being multiple goals down to win; that's the highest total through 428 games in any NHL season.
The Oilers are 5-2-1 since Ken Hitchcock replaced Todd McLellan as coach on Nov. 20. Hitchcock, who was 248-124-41 when coaching the Blues from Nov. 6, 2011 to Feb. 1, 2017, is 45-28-10 in 83 games against teams he previously coached, including 4-2-0 against St. Louis.
Video: Klefbom, McDavid propel Oilers to shootout win
Thornton closing in on top 10 in assists
Joe Thornton had his first three-assist game of the season to help the Sharks defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 at SAP Center.
The 39-year-old center has 1,138 assists, two shy of Marcel Dionne (1,040) for 10th on the NHL's all-time list. It was the 58th time in his career Thornton has had at least three assists in a game; only 11 players in League history have had more. Wayne Gretzky is the all-time leader with 224; Mario Lemieux (108) is the only other player with more than 100.
Video: CAR@SJS: Sorensen capitalizes on favorable bounce
Ducks stay hot, hold off Blackhawks
Anaheim couldn't hold an early two-goal lead, but third-period goals by forwards Ondrej Kase and Jakob Silfverberg gave the Ducks their fifth straight win, 4-2 against the Blackhawks at Honda Center.
The Ducks (15-10-5) moved within one point of the Calgary Flames (17-9-2) for first place in the Pacific Division.
Anaheim, which matched the Toronto Maple Leafs for the NHL's longest active winning streak, improved to 24-5-7 (55 points) at home in the 2018 calendar year. Only the Winnipeg Jets (27-7-3, 57 points), Predators (27-10-2, 56 points) and Maple Leafs (27-10-2, 56 points) have earned more points on home ice since Jan. 1.
Video: Ducks double up Blackhawks for fifth straight win
NHL.com/sv looks at how the Oilers defense has made big strides under Ken Hitchcock:
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