Blues capture first place — for now

– Olli Jokinen and David Backes scored in the second period as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night and moved into first place in the Central Division.

The Blues have 105 points, one more than idle Nashville, with three games remaining for both teams. Kris Versteeg broke a 16-game drought, but Chicago's four-game winning streak ended.


•TWIN MILESTONES: Carey Price earned his league-leading 42nd victory, Tomas Plekanec scored his 200th goal and the Montreal Canadiens beat the host Florida Panthers 4-1.

•PENS IN TROUBLE: The host Flyers scored on three of four power plays and beat the Penguins 4-1, with Steve Mason making 46 saves. Pittsburgh has lost 10 of 13 games and faces the prospect of playing for a postseason spot Tuesday at Ottawa.

•A BUMP FOR DETROIT: Mike Green had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals won 2-1 at Detroit. The Red Wings, trying to reach the playoffs for the 24th straight season, remained tied with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division — two points ahead of ninth-place Ottawa in the Eastern Conference.

•WAIT FOR IT ... : Toronto beat the visiting Senators 3-2 when Peter Holland scored the winning goal on the Maple Leafs' seventh shootout try.