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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BARCELONA, Spain -- Radamel Falcao scored his 25th goal of the Spanish league season to give Atletico Madrid a hard-fought 1-0 win at Sevilla and keep his team in the hunt for a second-place finish on Sunday. Also, Real Sociedad extended its unbeaten run to 14 straight games by drawing 0-0 at Osasuna, while Espanyol beat nine-man Getafe 2-0 for its third straight away victory. After 76 minutes featuring more hard fouls than scoring chances, Falcao finally broke through with a goal after the Colombia striker had battled again and again with Sevillas defenders. Falcao stretched his left leg to redirect Raul Garcias low cross into the net after substitute Adrian Lopez had unbalanced Sevillas defence with a lobbed pass from the left to the right side of the area for Garcia to volley back across the six-yard box. Falcaos 25 goals gives him one more than all of last season with six games to play. Only Barcelonas Lionel Messi with 43 and Real Madrids Cristiano Ronaldo with 31 have scored more goals in Spains topflight this campaign. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois again came up big for Atletico with a pair of crucial saves. Even so, midfielder Ivan Rakitic almost snatched Sevilla a point in stoppage time when his free kick rattled the crossbar. "Courtois and Falcao are important players for us. Falcao got us our goal as he is accustomed to doing," Adrian said. "We knew it was always hard here at Sevilla, but we defended well and took advantage of our chances. We take away three points worth their weight in gold." Atletico dealt Sevilla its first loss at Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in eight consecutive matches and hurt its hopes of making a late-season push to capture a Europa League spot for next season, leaving it in 11th place. Atleticos win also reduced the gap with second-place Madrid to three points before the always hotly-contested Spanish capital derby next weekend. Coach Diego Simeone, however, will be missing forward Diego Costa for the Madrid match after he picked up a one-game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards. "There was a lot of tension on the pitch, but that is football, afterward players from both sides spoke to each other normally," Simeone said. "My team worked extremely hard today. The important thing is always the team. I dont give too much weight to details like yellow cards." Sociedads draw in Pamplona left it in fourth place and in control of Spains final Champions League berth, and set up a critical match next weekend when it hosts a surging Valencia side that is just two points adrift. Earlier, Joan Verdu finished off a well-orchestrated passing combination by Espanyol culminating in Sergio Garcias chested assist for the midfielder to score in the 37th. Getafe was decimated by Borja Fernandezs second yellow card in the 52nd and Federico Fernandezs red card in the 72nd for a low tackle on Garcia. Fernandezs foul led to Christian Stuani netting Espanyols second goal from the resulting free kick a minute later when he pushed in a short cross from Diego Colotto after Wakaso Mubarak found him in the area. Espanyol has risen from last place to 10th under replacement coach Javier Aguirre. The former Mexico coach has a contract until the end of the season and remained coy about his plans. "We cant talk about my future until I sit down with the directors of the club," Aguirre said. Getafe stayed in ninth place after its first loss at Alfonso Perez Coliseum in 11 games. Elsewhere, Fernando Llorente scored his second goal of the season to give 10-man Athletic Bilbao a 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna. Deportivo saw its four-game winning run end as it crept two points clear of the relegation zone. Bilbao is in 14th. Barcelona maintained its 13-point lead by edging out Levante 1-0 on Saturday, after Madrid beat Real Betis 3-1. 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Faster outs, Miller reasoned after throwing 113 pitches, and he might have gone the distance against Milwaukee. "They were battling me all night, they werent giving in at all," Miller said. "At the end of the day I found a way to get them out. "It was usually seven pitches later, but as long as Im getting them out I guess thats all that matters." Miller didnt trick the Brewers, held to two hits overall and shut out for the first time this season. He just overpowered them. "They were trying to catch up with it," manager Ron Roenicke said. "After the first time through, it wasnt like he was surprising them. They just werent catching up to it." A near-sellout crowd of 42,528 bundled up on 44-degree night for the second Stan Musial tribute of the opening homestand, featuring a harmonica giveaway and the unveiling of a memorial plaque attached to the iconic Musial statue outside Busch Stadium. Seven members of the Musial family threw simultaneous first pitches and Musials No. 6 was cut into the outfield grass in centre. David Freese had an RBI single at the end of a three-hit flurry to open the second and Yadier Molina hit his second homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, who have allowed one run during a three-game winning streak. Lohse, a 16-game winner whom the Cardinals did not attempt to re-sign, allowed two runs in seven innings while throwing 82 pitches -- 31 fewer than Miller needed. He received a nice ovation before his first at-bat leading off the third, with hundreds of fans standing. "It was pretty cool," Lohse said. "I felt like I did my thing here and it was appreciated." 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Lohse, who is 30-18 with a 3.39 ERA at Busch Stadium, made his first start in St. Louis in an opposition uniform since a 5-1 win for the Reds on June 7, 2007. Trevor Rosenthal retired the side in order in the eighth and Boggs stranded two runners in the ninth, striking out Braun and Rickie Weeks to earn his second save in four chances to wind up a game played in 2 hours, 15 minutes. "I take a lot of pride in what I do," Boggs said. "That was a big one for me and a little emotion shows." Carlos Beltran led off the first with a broken-bat single that gave him a .575 average (23 for 40) against Lohse, and the Cardinals had runners on second and third after Braun, leaving his feet at the last second on a running attempt, couldnt hang onto Molinas double to the gap to left-centre. Freese singled up the middle on the next pitch to put St. Louis ahead, but Lohse got eighth-place hitter Pete Kozma on a called third strike and Miller grounded into a double play. NOTES: Aoki is 12 for 25 during a six-game hitting streak. ... Cardinals rookie Matt Adams, the backup first baseman, was on the bench despite his .643 average. "Hes done a nice job for them," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before the game. "Hopefully, hes not in there a lot." ... The Brewers ' ' '