Sloppy play and poor decision making allowed the Senators to control from the opening face-off to the final whistle.
The Senators dominated the opening period with a 15-3 edge in shots on goal. They also had a 28-6 advantage in attempted shots. Darcy Kuemper kept the Wild in the game.
“I felt like I was into it from the start,” Kuemper said. “I’ve been playing quite a bit lately. So, it was not like I was going in there cold. I felt pretty good with my game.”
The Senators (21-18-8) scored first following a re-directed power play goal by Clarke MacArthur off a pass from Kyle Turris.
The Wild’s bench had a long conversation with the official about a missed offside call on MacArthur. Replays were inconclusive on television because the puck is hidden behind the boards, but the bench was pretty adamant about the non-call.
“The guys on the bench were able to see it and thought it was offside,” Jason Pominville said. “Obviously, when you get the replay it is much easier. (The linesmen) have to make a quick decision and unfortunately it didn’t go our way.”
The Wild (25-19-5) played better progressively throughout the game, but it was never good enough to get anything going.
The Senators extended their to a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead at the 5:55 mark of the second period when Erik Condra slid a puck through Kuemper on a breakaway. Condra received a break when the Marco Scandella’s stick broken, which allowed him to pull away from the Wild defensemen. Kuemper read his initial shot attempt, but he could contain the second effort.
“He was trying to shoot glove,” Kuemper said. “I read his shot. Just the way it worked, he got hit and quickly whacked it five hole. Tough to give that one up because it put us down by two in the third.”
Turris capped the scoring with a one-time slap shot from the wing on the power play with two minutes and 22 seconds remaining in the game to send the fans heading for the exits.
The Wild return to action Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers at the Xcel Energy Center.
No. 3 - Darcy Kuemper. The Wild goaltender stopped 29 shots.
No. 2 - Robin Lehner. The Senators goaltender stopped 27 shots.
No. 1 - Kyle Turris. The Senators forward recorded a goal and an assist.
Ottawa……….1 0 2 - 3
Minnesota……0 0 0 - 0
First Period - 1, Ottawa, MacArthur 16 (Turris, Karlsson), 13:06 (pp). Penalties - Fontaine, MIN (hooking), 8:07; Granlund, MIN (high sticking), 11:40; Granlund, MIN (high sticking), 11:40.
Second Period - None. Penalties - Spezza, OTT (slashing), 11:34.
Third Period - 2, Ottawa, Condra 5 (unassisted), 5:55. 3, Ottawa, Turris 13 (Cowen, Karlsson), 17:38 (pp). Penalties - Brodin, MIN (holding), 9:04; Michalek, OTT (interference), 9:07; Turris, OTT (hooking), 12:39; Suter, MIN (tripping), 15:43.
Shots on goal - Ottawa 15-8-9 32. Minnesota 3-10-14 27.
Goalies - Ottawa, Lehner (27-27). Minnesota, Kuemper (29-32). Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Chris Lee. Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Brian Mach.