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Jaskin breaks scoreless streak, Blues beat Hawks 2-1 to clinch Central Division title

  • St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, left, and Jake Allen celebrate following the Blues' 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, left, and Jake Allen celebrate following the Blues' 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) as Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, left, defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. The Blues won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw scores past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) as Blues' Alex Pietrangelo, left, defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. The Blues won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues' Dmitrij Jaskin (23), of Russia, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and Duncan Keith (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    St. Louis Blues' Dmitrij Jaskin (23), of Russia, scores past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and Duncan Keith (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

Paul Stastny scored the game-winner, Dmitrij Jaskin broke a 16-game scoreless string, and Jake Allen made 21 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in a Central Division showdown on Thursday night.

The Blues clinched the division title and home-ice advantage for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with their second win over Chicago in five days. It's their first division title since 2011-2012 and only the third since 1986-87.

Jaskin poked a rebound past Alex Pietrangelo at 17:10 of the second period to break a scoreless tie. It was the Blues' first goal in 121 minutes, 58 seconds.

The power-play tally was set up when Chicago defenseman David Rundblad took a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Jori Lehtera. Jaskin's last goal came March 1 in a 6-5 overtime loss to Vancouver.

Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago, which has lost three in a row but is guaranteed of opening the playoffs on the road and will finish third in the division.

Stastny converted on a 3-on-1 off a pass from Jaden Schwartz at 14:05 of third period for a 2-0 lead.

Shaw cut the deficit to 2-1 with his 15th goal of the season with 2:39 remaining.

Allen, who improved to 8-2-2 since Feb.1, stopped 38 shots in the Blues' 2-1 win Sunday in Chicago. His biggest save Thursday came early in the third period when he stopped Bryan Bickell from point-blank range while nursing a 1-0 lead.

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 23 saves and fell to 32-20-5.

Notes: Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues' leading scorer with 36 goals, missed his fifth successive game with a lower body injury. St. Louis forward Alex Steen missed his sixth game in a row, also with a lower body injury. Both players participated in the morning skate and could be ready for Saturday's regular-season finale against Minnesota, according to coach Ken Hitchcock ... The Blues are 7-2 in their last nine home games against Chicago. ... The Blues had lost four of their previous five home games. ... Chicago closes the regular season Saturday at Colorado. ... A crowd of 19,751 was the Blues' 22nd sellout of the season.