Mac Carruth made 31 saves as the league-leading Winterhawks (32-5-1) beat Seattle (16-19-3) for their ninth straight victory
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while Wathier recorded five goals and seven assists in 19 contests. ' ' '
Lawson was the first Denver starter to reach double figures. Gallinari and Smith were already there
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ST. LOUIS -- Adam Cracknell was forced to put his Christmas celebration on hold when he got a surprise call telling him he was being recalled by the Blues. It was worth it. Cracknell put St. Louis ahead for good in the second period Monday night and the Blues scored two rare power-play goals in a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars. "Ill take that as a Christmas present any day," Cracknell said. "This is a dream come true. You cant ask for anything better than to play in the NHL." Cracknell spent much of Sunday travelling to St. Louis after a late Christmas Eve call from the Blues. Cracknell, who scored three goals in 24 games last season, skated with the team for the first time this season Monday morning and then made a big impact later in the evening. He broke a 1-1 tie with the fourth goal of his career at 6:09 of the second period. 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 and Jason Arnott also tallied for the Blues, who improved to 14-3-1 at home. They lead the NHL in home wins. The Blues scored two power-play goals in a game for just the second time this season. They broke out of an 0-for-9 slump but still have a league-low 14 goals with the man advantage. Arnott pushed the lead to 3-1 on a power-play goal with 1.1 seconds left in the second period. Arnott, who has eight goals, scored for the fourth time in the last five games after just four goals in his first 29 games. Grachev scored his first career goal at 6:45 of the third period to push the lead to 4-1. Dallas rallied with goals from Eric Nystrom and Michael Ryder. Ryder cut the deficit to 4-3 with his 14th goal of the season with 5:13 remaining. But Stewart scored an empty-netter with 50 seconds left to push the lead to 5-3. Hitchcock was pleased with his teams effort especially the season-best two-for-two performance on the power play. "We played really hard and did a lot of good things," Hitchcock said. "We really dialed it up today. We were firing from everywhere." Cracknell was recalled to replace centre T.J. Oshie, who will miss at least two games with an injured left wrist. Cracknell whipped a wrist shot past Dallas goalie Richard Bachman from a sharp angle to give St. Louis the lead for good 2-1. "I just moved my feet and tried to catch him off guard and it worked," Cracknell said. "I saw it trickling in, Once it crossed that goal line, I was very happy." St. Louis winger David Perron, who added a pair of assists, was impressed with Cracknells first-game contribution. "Guys like him need to step up and he did a good job of doing just that," Perron said. "Weve always got guys like him that can do the job." St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves to improve to 7-7-4 after a 1-6 start to the season. Patrik Berglund added two assists for St. Louis. The Stars, who were outshot 38-23, fell to 12-3-1 when scoring in the final ten minutes of regulation. Bachman dropped to 5-3. He let in a pair of goals from bad angles including Stewarts first-period tally that put the Blues in front 1-0. "Theres no question, a couple of those goals, he would like to have back," Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said. "But we just needed to put more pucks on the net." Nystrom, who brought his team to 4-2 with his 12th goal of the season at 7:57 of the third period, said the Stars poor special teams performance was the difference. "Weve been giving up too many goals on the PK (penalty kill) lately," Nystrom said. "We were coming back, but they played hard and they had that extra edge tonight." The Stars No. 1 goalie, Kari Lehtonen, is expected to return to the lineup this week. He has not played since injuring his groin on Nov. 26. "Hes skated the last few days and hes very close," Gulutzan said. "I wouldnt be surprised to see him against Columbus (Thursday). NOTES: Oshie will not play Tuesday at Detroit but is expected back Friday against Nashville. ... The Blues have given up a league-low 19 goals in the first period. ... Hitchcock guided the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999. ... Dallas LW Loui Eriksson has three goals and three assists in his last six games against St. Louis. The Stars are 2-11 when trailing after two periods. ... Stewart had a game-high seven shots on goal. Youth John Riggins Jersey . 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