NHL – National Hockey League
Colorado Avalanche 3, Detroit Red Wings 2 – OT
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Avalanche 3, Red Wings 2 – OT – Avalanche beat Red Wings 3-2 in overtime
Andre Benoit scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. MacKinnon has a point in 13 straight games, breaking Wayne Gretzky's record for an 18-year-old NHL player. Colorado's P.A. Parenteau made it a 2-all game 5:49 into the third period. Detroit took leads on Niklas Kronwall's goal midway through the first period and Tomas Jurco's score with 7:50 left in the second. Matt Duchene tied it at 1 midway through the second period. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for the Avalanche, who have won four straight. Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots. The Wings retired Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey before the game.
Blackhawks 6, Blue Jackets 1 – Blackhawks shuffle lines, beat Blue Jackets 6-1
Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews had two goals apiece, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-1 on Thursday night. Brandon Bollig and Bryan Bickell also scored as Chicago bounced back from a 4-2 home loss to Colorado on Tuesday night. Corey Crawford made 22 saves for his 10th consecutive victory against Columbus. Ryan Johansen scored his 25th goal for the Blue Jackets, who had won three in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky made 14 stops before he was pulled during the Blackhawks' three-goal second period. The Stanley Cup champions had managed just eight goals while dropping three of four, and five of those came against Pittsburgh at Soldier Field on Saturday. That prompted coach Joel Quenneville to shuffle his lines, putting Shaw with Toews and Saad in the top group and moving Patrick Sharp to the second line with Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane.
New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
NHL – Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey
The Detroit Red Wings have retired Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey. Lidstrom was honored Thursday night before Detroit hosted the Colorado Avalanche. A red banner _ with his last name and number in white _ was raised to the rafters to end the pregame ceremony. The storied franchise previously retired six jerseys: Gordie Howe's No. 9, Steve Yzerman's No. 19, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Terry Sawchuk's No. 1, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10 and Sid Abel's No. 12. Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season _ his 20th with the Red Wings. He won four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman. The Swede played in 1,564 games _ the most by someone who was on only one NHL team _ and could still be making millions in the league.
NHL – Wings owner misses Lidstrom jersey retirement
Owner Mike Ilitch missed a jersey retirement ceremony for Detroit Red Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom due to health reasons. In a statement Wednesday, Ilitch said he underwent a medical procedure ``this past year'' that has kept him ``out of the spotlight for a while.'' The 84-year-old Ilitch says he feels ``much better,'' is ``stronger every day'' and never misses a Red Wings game on television. He says Lidstrom is ``very deserving'' of the honor.
NBA – National Basketball Association
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 p.m.
NCAA Basketball – Men’s
(22) Michigan State 86, (24) Iowa 76
#22 Michigan State 86, #24 Iowa 76 – No. 22 Michigan State beats No. 24 Iowa 86-76
Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night. Appling showed his old aggressiveness before hip and wrist injuries and scored 12 points for the Spartans. Travis Trice, Appling's backup, was 3 for 4 from 3-point range and had 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14 points in his final home game. Denzel Valentine had 13 points and nine assists for Michigan State, which looked a lot like the team that is 19-2 with a healthy Branden Dawson in the lineup. Roy Devyn Marble had 24 points for Iowa.
Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Indiana at (12) Michigan, 6:00 p.m.WSJM-AM 5:30 p.m.
(22) Michigan State at Ohio State, 4:30 p.m.WCSY-FM 3:30 p.m.
NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night – 2014 Big Ten Women’s Tournament – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN (seedings in parenthesis)
(7) Michigan 82, (10) Indiana 57
(8) Ohio State 86, (9) Northwestern 77
(5) Iowa 81, (12) Illinois 62
(6) Minnesota 74, (11) Wisconsin 68 – OT
Michigan 82, Indiana 57 – Michigan women top Indiana 82-57 in Big 10 tourney
Cyesha Goree scored 18 points as the seventh-seeded Michigan women rolled past No. 10 seed Indiana 82-57 in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament yesterday. The Wolverines will face second-seeded Michigan State in the quarterfinals today. Indiana shot 26 percent from 3-point range and 29 percent from the free-throw line.
Today – 2014 Big Ten Women’s Tournament – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN (seedings in parenthesis)
(2) Michigan State vs. (7) Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
(1) Penn State vs. (8) Ohio State, 12:00 p.m.
(4) Purdue vs. (5) Iowa, 2:30 p.m.
(3) Nebraska vs. (6) Minnesota, 9:00 p.m.
MLB – Major League Baseball - Spring Training
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Detroit Tigers, Cancelled, rain
Kansas City 6, Chicago White Sox (ss) 6 – TIE
Seattle 7, Chicago White Sox (ss) 4
Cleveland 1, Chicago Cubs 0
Cleveland Indiands vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Los Angeles Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:05 p.m.
AHL – American Hockey League
Iowa Wild at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.
ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
South Carolina Stingrays at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Toledo Walleye at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:35 p.m.
NJCAA – Junior College Basketball - Tournament
Men: Lake Michigan College 71, Glen Oaks 52
Lake Michigan College advances to the District Championship game Saturday at 11:00 am vs. Lansing C.C. at Delta College, University Center, MI)
Women: Grand Rapids Community College vs. Lake Michigan College, 3:00 p.m.
(at Delta College, University Center, MI)
MHSAA – High School Basketball – Girls Regional Finals
Class B at Edwardsburg
Parchment 58, Benton Harbor 50
Panthers 58, Tigers 50 – Tigers season ends with Regional loss
Solid defense and balanced scoring led Parchment to a 58-50 win over Benton Harbor for the Class B Regional Championship. Three Panthers scored in double digits. Kalabrya Gondrezick scored a game high 20 for the Tigers who end the season at 20-5. Parchment improves to 23-2 and will face top ranked Grand Rapids South Christian (24-0) in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Wayland.
Class C at White Pigeon
Gobles 56, New Buffalo 52
Gobles won their first regional title since 2005 and improved to 25-0 on the season with a 56-52 win over New Buffalo. Mollee Nason had 18 points to lead the Tigers. Jade Madison had a game high 26 points to lead New Buffalo who end their season at 19-5.
MHSAA – High School Basketball – Boys District Semifinals
Class A at Kalamazoo Central
Niles vs. Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.
Class B at Lakeshore
Benton Harbor vs. Coloma, 7:00 p.m. WSJM-AM 1400 and wsjmsports.com
Class B at Allegan
Otsego vs. Plainwell, 7:00 p.m.
Class D at Lawrence
Covert vs. Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.
Class B at Three Rivers
Sturgis vs. Edwardsburg, 7:00 p.m.
Class B at Marshall
Marshall vs. Battle Creek Harper Creek, 7:00 p.m.
Class C at Brandywine
New Buffalo vs. Cassopolis, 7:00 p.m.
Class C at Constantine
Lawton vs. Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Class C at Kalamazoo Hackett
Hartford vs Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Class D at Burr Oak
Athens vs. Marcellus, 7:00 p.m.