The Stars are taking this depth scoring thing to new levels.

After bemoaning the weight on top scorers Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn while their playoff hopes were slipping away two weeks ago, the Stars now are getting goals by the bucket from every line on the ice. Dustin Jeffrey on Tuesday tallied two goals — his first in a Stars uniform — to lead Dallas to a 5-0 win over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

Jeffrey, Colton Sceviour and Ryan Garbutt each has had two-goal performances in the past four games, and those were sandwiched around a seven-goal performance against Nashville.

The victory moves the Stars to 37-27-11 (85 points) and keeps them square in the hunt for a wildcard playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Capitals, who are fighting for a wildcard spot in the East, fall to 34-29-13 (81 points).

While the depth scoring was great — and necessary — the key for the Stars might have been the intensity of the Stars. While Dallas was faster and quicker than the Capitals, the real difference was the fact Stars players won a majority of the puck battles.

"We came out pretty hard and they pushed back, but I think we handled that well," said winger Ray Whitney, who had a goal and an assist. "Our compete level was really there tonight."

Whitney was part a fourth line that contributed three goals. He and Jeffrey combined with winger Alex Chiasson, who had three assists. Each of the three players were plus-3.