By: Kate Butler |


The Wild took their home ice tonight against the Ottawa Senators in front of 18,117 fans at the XcelEnergyCenter. A slew of penalties and a serious lack of scoring chances are just two of the factors in the Wild’s 3-0 shut out at home tonight.


“The execution just wasn’t really there all night long,” Coach Mike Yeo told the media in a post-game interview. Yeo went on to admit that this is one of their worst passing games the team has had in a while.


Darcy Kuemper had his first start of the year between the pipes at the X tonight, stopping 29 shots that came his way. “I felt like I was on my game, we just didn’t get the result tonight that we wanted,” Kuemper said of his abilities tonight.


A game that started out fairly evenly matched on paper saw the scale tip in favor of the Senators late in the first period. Clarke MacArthur flew up the middle, putting the puck in net and the Senators on the board with a power play goal at in the opening period. Minnesota was outshot 15-3 this period, and saw penalties from Fontaine and a double minor from Granlund.


The second period was scoreless, and for Minnesota, that was thanks in large part to Kuemper who had little help on his end. The Wild came back in the way of shots, outshooting the Senators 10-8 this period. While it looked like an uphill battle the entire night for the Wild, Ottawa didn’t give one inch defensively.


The final period of play opened with Minnesota only trailing by one. A broken stick from Scandella gave Eric Condra the opportunity for a breakaway goal that he fired past Kuemper at in the period. Over ten minutes later, nearing the end of the game, Kyle Turris capitalized on a slapshot power play goal to close out the game 3-0.


The Wild will have a day to recoup and then are back on their home ice again on Thursday when they will take on the Edmonton Oilers. The puck drops at and you can catch all the coverage on FM 100.3 KFAN, and