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Blackhawks topple Blues 4-2

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Jeremy Morrin #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks tangles with Maxim Lapierre #40 of the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on April 6, 2014  in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) By Jonathan Daniel CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Jeremy Morrin #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks tangles with Maxim Lapierre #40 of the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on April 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) By Jonathan Daniel
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Sheldon Brookbank #17 of the Chicago Blackhawks and T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues move to the puck at the United Center on April 6, 2014  in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) By Jonathan Daniel CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Sheldon Brookbank #17 of the Chicago Blackhawks and T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues move to the puck at the United Center on April 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) By Jonathan Daniel
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks collides with lineman Scott Cherrey #50 against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on April 6, 2014  in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) By Jonathan Daniel CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 06: Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks collides with lineman Scott Cherrey #50 against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on April 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) By Jonathan Daniel

CHICAGO (AP) - Rookie Jeremy Morin scored and set up Patrick Sharp’s go-ahead goal in the second period, and the injury-depleted Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday afternoon for their third straight win.

The Blackhawks ground out the victory despite skating without injured star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for the third game. Forward Brandon Saad was a last-minute scratch.

Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith also scored for Chicago, which closed to one point behind Colorado for second place in the Central Division and home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks have three games left. The Avalanche, who host Pittsburgh on Sunday night, have five games left.

Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Sobotka connected for St. Louis, which lost its second straight and remained two points behind idle Boston for the NHL's overall point lead and race for the Presidents' Trophy.

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