Esa Tikkanen scored his playoff-leading ninth goal 48 seconds into the second overtime to lead the Oilers over the Kings, playing without Wayne Gretzky for most of the game.

Tikkanen, who also scored earlier, beat Kelly Hrudey with a shot from the right circle after taking a rebound off the right boards. Mark Lamb had kept the puck in the Kings' zone before Tikkanen picked it up.The Kings overcame Gretzky's loss in the first period and twice took third-period leads on goals by John Tonelli only to have the Oilers rally to tie.

Gretzky needed at least 25 stitches to close a cut after he was cut near the left ear when hit by a shot from teammate Steve Duchesne in the first period. He was taken to the dressing room, where an ear specialist and a dentist examined him, and did not return.

North Stars 5, Blues 1

Jon Casey made 29 saves and Curt Giles' first playoff goal since 1984 ignited a four-goal outburst in the first 10:48 as Minnesota beat St. Louis.

Minnesota now has home-ice advantage against St. Louis heading into Game 4 of the Norris Division finals Wednesday night. The North Stars have won five of their last six playoff games.