Thursday, April 8, 2021 5:45 AM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kevin Fiala notched his first career hat trick, Kirill Kaprizov had two of Minnesota’s three power-play goals, and the Wild beat Colorado 8-3. They handed the Avalanche their first regulation loss in 16 games. Luke Johnson, Ryan Hartman and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored, as the Wild caught NHL wins leader Philipp Grubauer on a rare off night in the net. Grubauer was pulled midway through the third period. Jonas Johansson gave up the eighth goal that matched the all-time Wild record.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carl Grundstrom tipped home the tiebreaking goal with 6:05 to play and the Los Angeles Kings overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Wednesday night. Adrian Kempe and Jeff Carter scored early in the third period to even it for the Kings, who snapped their three-game skid with the impressive comeback. Grundstrom and Trevor Moore both redirected Drew Doughty’s heavy shot through traffic, with Grundstrom getting credit for his fifth goal of the season.
DENVER (AP) — Arizona reliever Chris Devenski has been placed on the restricted list. To take his place on the roster, the Diamondbacks have selected right-hander Anthony Swarzak from the team’s alternate training site. The move came about 20 minutes before the first pitch between the Diamondbacks and Colorado at Coors Field. Devenski earned a save Sunday at San Diego, his first in nearly three years. The 30-year-old signed as a minor-league free agent on Jan. 26.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen tells The Ringer podcast that he is still debating whether to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and believes the decision be left to a personal choice. Allen shared his views during an hour-long interview with host Kyle Brandt, who asked the quarterback about the NFL not mandating its players be vaccinated. Allen called it “a tricky situation” and added a mandate might go against the Constitution. The 24-year-old Allen says he wants to look further into the statistical data before determining whether he’ll be vaccinated.
DETROIT (AP) — Dr. Benjamin Paolucci, a longtime team physician for the Detroit Pistons who was with the franchise for each of its three NBA championships, has died. He was 84. The Pistons saY Paolucci died Wednesday in Florida. Paolucci retired from the organization in 2015 after serving the Pistons’ medical needs for over 40 years. That span included titles in 1989, 1990 and 2004. He was also a football player at Wayne State and was briefly with the Detroit Lions after being drafted by them in 1958.