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Stars rout Capitals 5-0 to maintain playoff push

Photo: Alex Brandon

Dallas Stars center Dustin Jeffrey (11) celebrate his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) Tyler Seguin scored his 33rd goal, Dustin Jeffrey got his first two of the season, and the Dallas Stars routed the Washington Capitals 5-0 Tuesday night in a game between a pair of ninth-place teams trying to leapfrog into a playoff spot.

Ray Whitney and Ryan Garbutt also scored, Alex Chiasson had three assists, and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for his fourth shutout of the season for the Stars.

Dallas began the day one point behind the Phoenix Coyotes for the final postseason berth in the Western Conference. The Coyotes hosted Winnipeg later Tuesday.

The Stars have won five of six in their push to make the playoffs for first time since 2008 - the same year the Capitals began streak of postseason appearances that is in danger of coming to an end.

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