Olli Jokinen and David Backes scored in the second period as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night for their third straight win to move into first place in the Central Division.

The Blues improved to 105 points, one more than idle Nashville, with three games remaining for both teams.

Chicago's Kris Versteeg scored to end a 16-game drought without a goal, but the Blackhawks' four-game winning streak ended and they remained two points behind Nashville in third place in the rugged Central.

Jake Allen made 38 saves for St. Louis and Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots for Chicago in a physical game between division rivals that had ample chippy moments.