ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild are hardly playing like an expansion team.
Filip Kuba scored his second goal with 2:02 remaining in overtime as Minnesota beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 and extended its unbeaten streak to eight games.
The win pulled the Wild within a game of the longest unbeaten run among NHL expansion teams. The Florida Panthers went 5-0-4 in the 1993-94 season.
Minnesota is 5-0-3 in its last eight.
"We'll take it," coach Jacques LeMaire said. "We don't have the type of team to focus on this and try to make it last as long as possible. We've got to take every game and every period individually."
On Friday, the Wild scored just 26 seconds into the game, capitalized on a two-man power-play advantage, withstood a 17-shot third period attack by the Wings, and scored the game-winner on a defensive lapse.
"It's been exciting," goalie Manny Fernandez said about the streak, which includes two wins over the Red Wings, plus victories over Dallas, Los Angeles and Anaheim. "Going into the third period is like a playoff game for us. Everybody is working hard, and every little break is going to be important."
Not many people mention postseason action when talking about the Wild.
"If we don't make the playoffs, this is going to be like the playoffs right now," Fernandez said.
The loss stopped a modest two-game winning streak by Detroit, which has had its share of close games this season.
"It is frustrating," said Nicklas Lidstrom, who assisted on Pat Verbeek's third-period goal that tied the game at 2-2. "We were able to come back and get a point. Tonight we had a breakdown on defense and they scored in overtime, but I think overall we've played better defensively the past two games."
What frustrated the Red Wings more Friday was the disparity of penalties. They were called for nine penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct against Brendan Shanahan that led to Kuba's first goal. Minnesota was whistled four times.
"It's idiotic," said Shanahan, who questioned receiving a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct along with the 10-minute major. "But I let the frustration get the better of me in the first place, and I shouldn't have done it."
"Nothing surprises me now," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. "I'm not surprised, I'm disappointed."
Bowman said Minnesota's success is another example of the balance in the NHL.
"There's not a big difference from top to bottom, really," he said. "Probably less than 20-to-25 points, something like that."
Lemaire is being more reserved despite the Wild's recent success.
"It's hard to say if we can play with any team in the league," said Lemaire, whose team is 12-1-3 when leading after two periods. "If we stay in the game, we've got a chance, if we don't stay in the game, we don't."
Notes: Kuba had the first two-goal game of his NHL career. ... Darren McCarty's short-handed goal was Detroit's fifth of the season. The others were scored by Todd Gill, Kirk Maltby and Sergei Fedorov (2). ... Steve Yzerman's first-period assist gave him 17 points in 18 games (five goals, 12 assists). ... Minnesota's Jim Dowd missed most of the first period after being cut above the left eye by Igor Larionov's stick. Larionov received a double-minor penalty.
Red Wings-Wild, Sums
Detroit 1 0 1 0 -- 2
Minnesota 1 1 0 1 -- 3
First Period--1, Minnesota, Nielsen 3 (Laaksonen, Walls), :26. 2, Detroit, McCarty 7 (Yzerman), 3:18 (sh). Penalties--Larionov, Det, double minor (high-sticking), 2:26; Johnson, Min (cross-checking), 9:44; Verbeek, Det (interference), 14:42.
Second Period--3, Minnesota, Kuba 4 (Pellerin, Sekeras), 19:14 (pp). Penalty--Devereaux, Det (boarding), :15; Shanahan, Det, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:24; Dandenault, Det (tripping), 18:24.
Third Period--4, Detroit, Verbeek 9 (Lapointe, Lidstrom), 3:36 (pp). Penalties--Roest, Min (tripping), 2:04; Pellerin, Min (high-sticking), 2:11; Duchesne, Det (opb.-tripping), 4:09; Larionov, Det (hooking), 14:42; Benysek, Min (interference), 16:04.
Overtime--5, Minnesota, Kuba 5 (Roest), 2:58. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Detroit 7-10-17-0--34. Minnesota 14-8-3-2--27.
Power-play Opportunities--Detroit 1 of 8; Minnesota 1 of 4.
Goalies--Detroit, Osgood 9-12-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Minnesota, Fernandez 12-7-2 (34-32).
Referees--Mike Leggo, Dan O'Halloran. Linesmen--Vaughan Rody, Troy Sartison.
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