Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild were cooled off in a big way in the opener of a four-game road trip.
Fortunately, they won't have to wait too long for a shot at redemption.
After suffering their first regulation loss of the month, the Wild look to get back on track Wednesday night and record their first win over the Ottawa Senators in nearly a decade.
Minnesota (13-5-4) opened its trip having won four straight and riding a 7-0-1 surge since a 5-1 loss to Chicago on Oct. 28. With a team-record 10-game point streak in view, the Wild instead fell apart in the second period of a 6-2 loss to Montreal on Tuesday.
Harding allowed three goals - all by Max Pacioretty in the middle 20 minutes - on 20 total shots before he was replaced by Darcy Kuemper. Harding had surrendered nine goals in his previous seven games for a 1.27 goals-against average and on Sunday was named one of the NHL's three stars for his three wins last week.
Coach Mike Yeo wants to see his team push back Wednesday night.
"It's all a matter how you take this one in," he said. "If we just sit here and say, 'We've been on a nice run and this was bound to happen,' then I don't think we should expect much difference from tonight.
"If this stings like it should, it should be motivating for us to win that game."
Harding is expected to start his 10th consecutive game with Kuemper allowing six goals on 15 shots in two appearances this season and Niklas Backstrom still dealing with an upper-body injury.
The only bright spot Tuesday for Minnesota was Dany Heatley scoring for his first point in seven games. Zach Parise registered a team-high six shots but was held without a point for only the second time in nine contests.
Ottawa (8-9-4) lost for the third time in four games Tuesday, falling 5-2 at Philadelphia.
"We had an opportunity with 10 minutes left in the game and the score tied and we didn't respond well," coach Paul MacLean said.
MacLean's team beat Atlantic Division-leading Boston during that four-game span but fell twice to Philadelphia and once to Columbus - the bottom two teams in the Metropolitan Division.
Tuesday continued a disturbing trend as Ottawa allowed the first goal for the 14th consecutive game and fell behind 2-0 for the 11th time in 21 contests.
With Robin Lehner starting against the Flyers, struggling Craig Anderson could get the nod Wednesday. He is 1-5-0 with a 3.86 goals-against average in his last seven starts.
Neither goalie has been helped much lately by the team's penalty killers. The Senators have allowed eight goals in their last 27 short-handed situations.
The power play, though, has shown improvement, converting three of 12 opportunities the past two games after going 2 for 21 in the previous six.
The Senators have won six straight against the Wild since a 5-2 loss on March 16, 2004. Ottawa won 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 11, 2011, in the most recent meeting.