ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild wrapped up their first playoff berth with a near-perfect performance against the defending Stanley Cup champion.
Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Wild beat Detroit 4-0 on Sunday to clinch the first playoff spot in their three-year history.
"It's hard to believe that we could do this in just three years," said forward Darby Hendrickson, who has been with the team since its inception. "This is a huge step, but there's still a lot of work to be done. This is just the first step."
Minnesota is the third expansion team in the past 30 years to advance to the playoffs in its third season. The San Jose Sharks lost in the 1994 conference semifinals, and the Florida Panthers reached the 1996 Stanley Cup finals.
"It feels pretty good," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I give a lot of credit to the guys for what they've accomplished this year. It's unbelievable."
In other games Sunday night, it was Dallas 3, St. Louis 1; Vancouver 6, Washington 0; Edmonton 3, Nashville 2 in overtime; and Pittsburgh 1, Chicago 1.
Minnesota extended its winning streak to three games, and snapped Detroit's six-game winning streak.
"We played so well as a team tonight," Roloson said. "There weren't many second or third shots, and I saw most of them."
On the opening shift of the game, Matt Johnson, the Wild's penalty minutes leader, was alone in front of the net when a puck hit the skate of Detroit's Darren McCarty and bounced to Johnson's stick. He fired a rising shot past goalie Manny Legace at 21 seconds -- the fastest goal at the start of a game in Wild history.
"It was certainly a bad way to start," said Red Wings coach Dave Lewis, whose team won 4-2 in St. Louis on Saturday. "I thought in the second we played better, but we weren't as crisp as yesterday. I don't have an answer why."
Sergei Zholtok gave Minnesota a two-goal lead in the second period. He faked a backhand shot, which caused Legace to dive, then lifted a forehand shot over the goalie.
The Red Wings' attempts to come back were hampered when they were whistled for a pair of penalties in the final five minutes. Minnesota's Antti Laaksonen scored an empty-net goal with 1:41 to play, and Jeremy Stevenson scored with 18.5 seconds left.
The teams will play again Tuesday night in Detroit.
Detroit 0 0 0 -- 0
Minnesota 1 1 2 -- 4
First Period--1, Minnesota, Johnson 3 (Dupuis, Mitchell), :21. Penalties--Shanahan, Det (roughing), 1:06; Brown, Min (interference), 5:11; Robitaille, Det (elbowing), 9:35; Brown, Min (roughing), 9:35; Hendrickson, Min (tripping), 10:07; Johnson, Min (charging), 19:41.
Second Period--2, Minnesota, Zholtok 15 (Gaborik, Schultz), 8:36. Penalties--Brown, Min (holding), 11:30; McCarty, Det (interference), 19:48
Third Period--3, Minnesota, Laaksonen 14 (Walz), 18:19 (en). 4, Minnesota, Stevenson 5 (Dowd, Kuba), 19:41 (pp). Penalties--Stevenson, Min (high-sticking), 6:10; Detroit bench, served by Robitaille (too many men), 8:11; Fedorov, Det (high-sticking), 14:46; Legace, Det, served by Dandenault (delay of game), 15:59; Shanahan, Det, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:19.
Shots on goal--Detroit 13-8-12--33. Minnesota 7-4-10--21.
Power-play Opportunities--Detroit 0 of 5; Minnesota 1 of 6.
Goalies--Detroit, Legace 13-5-3 (20 shots-17 saves). Minnesota, Roloson 21-14-8 (33-33).
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