The Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday and replaced him with Edmonton native Ken Hitchcock with hopes of reviving a team languishing in sixth place in the Pacific Division.
McLellan was in his fourth season behind the Oilers' bench. The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster and the Oilers were just 9-10-1 before Tuesday's 4-3 win over San Jose.
"I felt it was time to make a change," General Manager Peter Chiarelli said.
The 66-year-old Hitchcock had announced his retirement in April after a 22-year coaching career.
Edmonton 4, San Jose 3 (OT): Leon Draisaitl scored 51 seconds into overtime to lead the Oilers over the host Sharks in Ken Hitchcock's Edmonton debut. Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Drake Caggiulia also scored for Edmonton. Joonas Donskoi, Marcus Sorensen and Logan Courture scored for San Jose.
Yeo's firing: St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong fired former Wild coach Mike Yeo about two hours after St. Louis' third shutout loss in four games Monday night. At 7-9-3, the Blues are last in the Central Division.
"The talk I had with [Yeo] last night was that we had to make a change," Armstrong said. "I plan to get back to Mike later and thank him and reassure him that he's paying for the sins of myself and the entire organization. It's very unfortunate."