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Kailer Yamamoto celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday with two goals, including the winner, to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 preseason win over the Calgary Flames.

Yamamoto put another exclamation mark on his bid to land a job on right wing with the Oilers, scoring his fifth and six goals in the six preseason games he’s played.

Connor McDavid and Jujhar Khaira also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 6-1 on their exhibition schedule.

Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett and Elias Lindholm scored for Calgary.

Khaira, pencilled in for third-line duty with Ryan Strome and Jesse Puljujarvi this season, made the most of some power-play time when he put the Oilers up 1-0 in the first period. Khaira beat Mike Smith high to the stick side 3:37 in for his first goal of the pre-season.

It was all Calgary for the rest of the period as Gaudreau, Bennett and Lindholm beat Cam Talbot for a 3-1 lead. Gaudreau tapped home a rebound on a power play to tie it 1-1, Bennett had a shot deflect off Matt Benning and in, and Lindholm took a stretch pass from Mark Giordano and made it 3-1 at 18:02.

The Oilers were outshot 19-5 in the first.

McDavid got the Oilers started in the second period, scoring his fourth goal of the preseason in tight on a nifty feed from Leon Draisaitl to cut the deficit to 3-2. Yamamoto made it 3-3 with his first of the game when his shot deflected off Matthew Tkachuk and behind Smith at 15:27.

Yamamoto got his second of the game just over three minutes into the third period when he tapped a goalmouth feed from Drake Caggiula behind Smith to make it 4-3.

Ty Rattie, who has grabbed a job on right wing on the first line with McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is nursing a minor injury and didn’t play. Defenceman Kris Russell, who is also banged up, did not play.

Both Rattie and Russell will make the trip to Germany, where Edmonton will play the Cologne Sharks in an exhibition game, and are expected to be ready to start the season. The Oilers open the season next Saturday in Sweden against the New Jersey Devils.

Adam Larsson left the game in the second period and did not return.

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