The Minnesota Wild got off to another slow start.
This time it weathered the storm and had an early two goal lead, but still fell in a shootout to 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday at Scotiabank Place.
The Wild (1-1-1) were outshot 16-12 in the first period, but still had a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
The Wild outplayed the Senators late in the first period and got a power play goal from Devin Setoguchi for his second of the season. He one-timed a pass in the slot from Mikko Koivu in the final minute of the period to send the Wild into the break ahead 2-0.
The Senators (1-2) dominated the second period and cut the deficit to one entering the final stanza.
Nick Johnson scored his first goal as a member of the Wild by driving the net. He may not have seen the goal as the puck bounced off Senator defenders’ sticks and legs before crossing the goal line. A review confirmed the goal.
The Senators continued to pressure the Wild and scored a pair of goals in the third period two minutes and nine seconds apart.
The Wild’s power play unit was good going 1-for-2, but the penalty needs to get back to the way it played in the opener. The Wild allowed the Senators to score on one of its four power play opportunities.
Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom may have fatigued a little after playing all 60 minutes Monday against the New York Islanders. The game-tying goal and two of the three shootout goals the Senators scored were not sniper type goals.
He has struggled in the past in the shootout and went 0-for-3 in stopping the attempts Tuesday.
The Wild returns to action Thursday to play the Edmonton Oilers in the first of a three-game home stand.
No. 3 – Colton Gillies. The Wild forward did not factor into the score sheet, but had a very good game by playing physical and moving his feet.
No. 2 – Daniel Alfredsson. The Senators captain forward scored the shootout clinching goal.
No. 1 – Chris Neil. The Senators forward recorded a goal and an assist and had eight hits.
Wild 2 0 1 0 – 3
Senators 0 1 2 0 – 4
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Brodziak 1 (Stoner), 8:41. 2, Minnesota, Setoguchi 2 (Koivu, Heatley), 19:11 (pp). Penalties – Latendresse, Min (hooking), :18; Kassian, Min, major (fighting), 9:39; Konopka, Ott, major (fighting), 9:39; Konopka, Ott (10-min. misconduct), 9:39; Konopka, Ott (instigator), 9:39; Spezza, Ott (slashing), 18:40.
Second Period – 3, Ottawa, Foligno 1 (Regin, Neil). Penalties – Bulmer, Min (charging), 4:08; Powe, Min (tripping), 14:13.
Third Period – 4, Minnesota, Johnson 1 (unassisted), 1:56. 5, Ottawa, Neil 1 (Regin, Phillips), 6:13. 6, Ottawa, Greening 2 (Michalek, Karlsson), 8:22. Penalties – Clutterbuck, Min (roughing), 6:13; Michalek, Ott (roughing), 6:13; Zidlicky, Min (high-sticking), 6:50.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 12-2-10-3 27. Ottawa 16-13-13-2 44.
Shootout – Ottawa, Michalek (goal), Spezza (goal), Alfredsson (goal). Minnesota, Koivu (missed), Cullen (goal).
Goalies – Wild, Backstrom (41-44). Senators, Andeson (24-27). A – 19,455. Referees – Don VanMassenhoven, Stephane Auger. Linesmen – Steve Barton, Derek Nansen.