After trading away two of their top offensive catalysts, the Dallas Stars have managed to remain in the Western Conference playoff race by using a more balanced attack.

Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler both scored twice during Dallas' four-goal third period, and the Stars broke open a tie game and routed the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Whitney snapped a 1-1 tie just 52 seconds into the third, and the Stars poured on the offense en route to their third straight win.

Seven players have scored the 13 goals the Stars have tallied during those victories.

One week after dealing veterans Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy before the NHL trade deadline, the Stars moved into ninth place in the West — two points behind Detroit in the last postseason slot.

Fiddler had just one goal in his previous 36 games, but he has two goals and five assists in his past four.

"I'm not here to score goals, but it's always nice to contribute," he said. "We've lost some guys that produce offense, and some of us have to step up and contribute. It seems things are clicking. We've found a little bit of chemistry and we have to keep it going if we want to make the playoffs."

Alex Goligoski also scored and Trevor Daley added two assists for the Stars, who entered the night with the worst home record in the West. They improved to 9-9-2 at home.

"I thought that we came out in the third, and getting that goal early certainly helped," said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said, whose club has won three of four against the defending Stanley Cup champions this season. "(We) got a little energy from it and kept going. When you're spreading the scoring around, it gives everybody else a little bit of confidence.

"That's all guys need, and this is the right time of year to have it."