ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It took five minutes for the first, "Come on Wild, Wake the Heck Up!!!" squawk from an angry patron in the upper bowl.
It's amazing Mike Yeo didn't yell back, "My sentiments exactly."
Since the fan's coaxing didn't have the desired effect, one has to assume the coach had similar piercing words for the Wild during the first and second intermissions Tuesday night.
In a disappointing display for a team -- albeit, a depleted one -- riding a hot streak and opening a three-game homestand, the Wild was thoroughly outplayed during a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Clarke MacArthur, Erik Condra and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators, who improved to 6-0-1 in their past seven.
The Wild, which was 5-1 in its previous six games despite playing without Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Josh Harding and Jared Spurgeon for much of that string, had no business being in the game.
Down 1-0, the team remained in striking distance entering the third period thanks solely to rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who made 29 saves. The Wild has lost four of its past six at home and was shut out at home for the first time since April 11, 2013.
Coming off a 23-save shutout in Nashville, Kuemper stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first period behind a team that didn't get its first real shot on goal until the 17?1/2-minute mark.
The Wild's lone shot before Nino Niederreiter's point-blank backhander was a blast from outside the blue line as Jason Zucker was simply trying to get off on a line change.
The Wild, which hadn't held a practice since last Wednesday because of travel and collective bargaining agreement-mandated days off, looked like it.
Completed passes were a rarity on this night.
The Wild was outshot 15-3 in the first period and 23-13 throughout two despite facing what could have been a rusty Robin Lehner (we'll never know), who hadn't started since Dec. 27 and hadn't won since Dec. 16. He made 27 saves for his second career shutout.
It was a terrible start for the Wild, which was outshot 9-1 by the first TV timeout. The Wild took six minutes of penalties in the first 11 minutes, 40 seconds -- the last four being a double-minor on Mikael Granlund for high-sticking all-world defenseman Erik Karlsson.
It wasn't a good recipe by the Wild against the NHL's most prolific road power play.
Moments after the second power-play unit for Ottawa emerged, the score was 1-0 Senators. That unit crossed the blue line with speed and Turris connected with a driving MacArthur, who got a beat on Clayton Stoner.
Stoner couldn't intercept the pass and MacArthur buried his 16th goal of the season. The Wild bench was upset because players and Yeo seemed to believe MacArthur was offside.
Replayed showed MacArthur ahead of the play, but it was hard to decipher exactly where Turris had the puck along the wall.
Regardless, it was just a terrible period for the Wild, which spent most of the first period looking lethargic as Ottawa buzzed the offensive zone.
The second period was a little better for the Wild. At least this time it forced Lehner to make a save or two.
He made 10 in all as the Wild outshot Ottawa by two. But there was little sustained pressure and several examples of poor execution, such as when Torrey Mitchell led a 3-on-1 into the zone and the Wild couldn't even get a shot off.
The Wild got off to a good start to the third period, but that momentum was doused when defenseman Marco Scandella's stick snapped in half on a shot attempt.
With Scandella and Clayton Stoner in pursuit, Condra scored on a breakaway after Scandella grabbed hold of him from behind. If he didn't score, the referee's arm was up for a likely penalty shot.
Much to the chagrin of the crowd, that ref's same arm didn't come up the previous shift though when defenseman Ryan Suter was high-sticked on the chin.
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