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St. Louis Blues' Adam Cracknell (79) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Blues' Adam Cracknell (79) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman (31) makes a glove save in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman (31) makes a glove save in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Dallas Stars' Philip Larsen (36) misses slamming St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) into the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Dallas Stars' Philip Larsen (36) misses slamming St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo (27) into the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk (22) tries to slide the puck past Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman (31) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk (22) tries to slide the puck past Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman (31) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Dallas Stars' Mike Ribeiro (63) knocks down St. Louis Blues' Carlo Colaiacovo (28) in front of goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Dallas Stars' Mike Ribeiro (63) knocks down St. Louis Blues' Carlo Colaiacovo (28) in front of goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

 ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Adam Cracknell scored the tiebreaking goal after being recalled from the minors earlier Monday and the Blues' slumping power play carried St. Louis to a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars.

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St. Louis, which won its sixth successive home game, improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine. The Blues are 15-3-4 under coach Ken Hitchcock, who took over for the fired Davis Payne on Nov. 6.

Dallas lost for the third time in eight games. The Stars had won the previous five games against St. Louis.

Chris Stewart scored twice for St. Louis including an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left.

Evgeny Grachev, Chris Stewart and Jason Arnott also tallied for the Blues, who improved to 14-3-1 at home.

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