ST. PAUL, Minn. — Leading 2-0 with 4 1/2 minutes to go, the Minnesota Wild thought they had the Colorado Avalanche beaten.

Then Colorado showed why it's the defending Stanley Cup champion and Minnesota is in its second season of existence.

Joe Sakic scored with 50.8 seconds to go in overtime as the Avalanche rallied past the Wild 3-2 Sunday night.

"Our biggest thought when we're up 2-0 is to be smart but keep trying to penetrate, keep trying to get some chances," Minnesota's Darby Hendrickson said. "It would be nice if you could put the game away, obviously. Unfortunately for us, they came back."

Steven Reinprecht scored with 4:28 left to ruin Dwayne Roloson's shutout bid, and Milan Hejduk's goal with 1:33 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

"We're playing a team that should be on top of the league," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "This is a team that will fight to win the Cup this year. We're a team that's just starting. It's normal at a certain time that they look better than we do."

For 55 minutes, the Wild looked better than the Avalanche.

Hendrickson and Jim Dowd scored first-period goals, and Minnesota killed six Colorado penalties in the first two periods.

Less than a minute after Minnesota killed an Avalanche power play, Dowd scored his 10th goal of the season by blasting a shot from behind the blue line that slid through David Aebischer's legs.

Lubomir Sekeras slapped a pretty crossing pass on a power play to Hendrickson, who put the Wild up 2-0. That ended a string of 23 straight penalties killed by the Avalanche.

Minnesota missed another near-perfect scoring chance in the second when Antti Laaksonen deked Aebischer on a breakaway and fed Pascal Dupuis, who had a clean shot at the corner of the net but had it clank off the near post.

"You don't want to think about that," Dupuis said. "We should've got that game."

The Avalanche stayed in it because of Aebischer, who recovered from a rough first period to make 18 saves.

"Giving one up could have been a killer," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "It was good to see he didn't let that first goal bother him. With every start, he's getting stronger and stronger."

Aebischer, in his second NHL season, is 6-3 in relief of Patrick Roy — the league's career-winningest goaltender. The tandem is tops in the NHL in goals-against average (1.9 per game).

"He's playing behind the best goalie in the world, and he's able to learn from him," Reinprecht said. "He learns the attitude Patty has, that he won't take anything less than winning. He'll do anything to stop the puck. We've got confidence in both goalies."

HURRICANES 7, PENGUINS 0: Rod Brind'Amour had a goal and four assists and Ron Francis scored twice as Carolina won at Pittsburgh.

Tom Barrasso only had to make 11 saves in his first game against Pittsburgh in more than 13 years. It was his second shutout of the season and 37th of his career.

The Penguins tied the franchise mark for fewest shots in a game, matching the 11 in a 3-0 loss at Boston on March 27, 1977.

OILERS 3, FLYERS 2: Mike Comrie scored two first-period goals to help Edmonton win at Philadelphia.

Marty Reasoner had the game-winning goal, and Tom Poti and Shawn Horcoff each added two assists for the Oilers, who won for only the second time in their last 10 games (2-6-2) against Philadelphia.

KINGS 3, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: Defenseman Aaron Miller scored a short-handed goal 14 seconds into overtime to lift Los Angeles to the win at Anaheim.

Miller, who also scored in the first period, got his first two goals for the Kings since being traded to Los Angeles from Colorado on Feb. 21 in the Rob Blake deal. Miller had not scored in a span of 51 games, dating to when he was with the Avalanche.