Defensive lapses early and late doomed the Avalanche on Saturday in a disjointed 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. Devin Setoguchi had two goals and an assist for the Wild, which swept the home-and-home series that began Thursday in St. Paul, Minn.

The Avs, who trailed 4-1 after the first period, fell to 8-4-1 at home, where they have lost two in a row. Colorado is now on a three-game losing streak since it posted impressive wins over Chicago and San Jose and remains last in the 15-team Western Conference with 24 points.

The Avs trailed 5-3 heading into the third period. They got consecutive goals from P.A. Parenteau and Gabe Landeskog in the middle frame to get within 4-3, but an unassisted tally by the Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard gave the visitors another cushion and zapped Colorado's momentum.