For a night, the Washington Capitals didn't want for goals. Facing an Anaheim Ducks squad that had scored at least three goals in each of its past four contests, the Capitals quickly accepted their roles as Western gunslingers in an old-fashioned, high-scoring shootout where defense was optional and it was an unwelcome night to be a goaltender.

All told, 11 players scored goals and 20 recorded points Wednesday night at Honda Center. But Alexander Semin's tally with 1 minute 47 seconds to go proved decisive in a 7-6 Capitals victory that snapped a three game losing streak. The goal was Semin's third of the night, marking his fourth hat trick of the season and a resounding return for the winger, who entered the game on a 17-game goal-scoring drought that stretched back to Nov. 28.

The contest marked the first time Washington posted seven goals since an Oct. 30 win in Calgary, the most combined goals scored in a Capitals' game this season and only the fourth time they tallied five or more goals over the last 35 games. The up-and-down pace came at the expense of the team defense that had been the Capitals' recent hallmark, as they allowed six goals for the first time since a 7-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 12.

After watching his team fight back from four separate deficits in the contest, Coach Bruce Boudreau was pleased to see an offensive spark from many of the team's secondary scorers.

"You could see [Semin's] eyes light up after he scored," Boudreau said. "That's what we need -- the secondary scoring. You get the goal from [David] Steckel's line or two goals, it's what makes our team go. When you rely on Nicky [Backstrom] and Alex [Ovechkin] to score every goal, it's not that difficult to shut one line down, but when you get another line going [we do well]. We've given up 13 goals in the last three games, now we've got to get back to stopping the puck again."

The unenviable position to be in on this night was in goal. Semyon Varlamov started the contest but was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first period. Michal Neuvirth finished the game to earn the victory with nine saves. For Anaheim, Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves in his 13th start of the season after the Ducks put all-star Jonas Hiller on injured reserve earlier in the day. Knowing that they would face McElhinney, the Capitals focused on getting as many pucks on net in an attempt to rattle Anaheim's usual backup.