Talk about your all time bah humbugs — this was a classic.

With boos cascading down from not-so-merry fans at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings were humbled by the New York Islanders, 3-0, Monday night.

After each period, especially a brutal first period in which the Islanders scored all three of their goals, the fans let the Red Wings have it.

Happy holiday greetings, they were not.

“Getting booed off the ice after the first period, the last game before Christmas, to me that’s a sad state of affairs,” coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ll have a three days to think about it, obviously (the league-wide holiday break). We’re going to get better than that because this wasn’t good enough.”

It was a shockingly poor effort.

After a modest two-game winning streak, a good road victory Saturday in Toronto (in a shootout, no less, their first such victory this season), and playing against a poor Islanders team (next to last in the Eastern Conference), everything seemed in place for the Red Wings to head into the break on a roll.

But they looked listless and let the Islanders take control early.

“I don’t think we had the intensity, pretty simple,” defenseman Brendan Smith said. “We just didn’t come out and play hard. It’s effort. I don’t think we had the effort out there.”

The pairing of Smith (minus-2) and Kyle Quincey (minus-3) struggled, but they had plenty of help in a period with costly breakdowns.

“It was horrendous at times,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Playing like this at home, especially in that first period, it was unacceptable.

“It’s disappointing. We know we’re better than this.”

All this, of course, meant another loss at Joe Louis Arena, an incredible trend from these Red Wings this season.

Thursday’s victory over Calgary ended a five-game losing streak at home for the Red Wings. But they might have started another one Monday, and are now a horrid 6-10-6 at Joe Louis Arena this season.

“That’s something we have to correct it quickly,” Smith said.