In brief: Fowler, Ducks send Stars to overtime loss
NHL: Teemu Selanne scored the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in regulation and Cam Fowler netted the winner 1:42 into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks their fourth straight win, a stirring 4-3 comeback victory over the Stars in Dallas.
Fowler took a pass from Bobby Ryan on a 2-on-1 break and beat goalie Kari Lehtonen to push the eighth-place Ducks one point ahead of Dallas in the West. Selanne made that possible when he popped a loose puck into an open net in the final seconds of the third period for his 629th NHL goal.
Defenseman Trevor Daley had put the Stars in front 3-2 with 6:39 left in regulation, firing a rebound through the pads of goalie Ray Emery for his eighth goal.
• Canucks strengthen Western Conference lead: The Vancouver Canucks moved a big step closer toward securing home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win against the Red Wings in Detroit.
The Western Conference-leading Canucks have won eight of nine and have built a 10-point lead over second-place Detroit with eight games left in the regular season. The Red Wings, who sit atop the Central Division, are in an 0-2-1 slump and are 4-4-3 this month.
• Blackhawks shut down Panthers: Corey Crawford made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane had a goal and assist each to lead the Blackhawks to a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers in Chicago.
Viktor Stalberg and Tomas Kopecky also scored for the Blackhawks, who got two assists each from Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.
Crawford earned his fifth NHL shutout in only 18 starts.
• Sharks put out Flames: Patrick Marleau and Torry Mitchell each scored twice and the Sharks closed in on second place behind Detroit in the Western Conference by beating the sliding Calgary Flames 6-3 in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose also increased its division lead over Phoenix to three points with a game at hand.
The Sharks dealt another blow to the Flames’ playoff hopes. Calgary got goals from Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and Cory Sarich, but lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Howard, Magic have way with Knicks
NBA: Dwight Howard had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic won their fourth straight and sent the Knicks tumbling below .500 with a 111-99 victory in New York.
Jameer Nelson added 19 points, Hedo Turkoglu had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Bass chipped in 15 points for the Magic, who held Amare Stoudemire to his worst game this season and beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time and 13th in the last 15.
Jason Richardson scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, when the Magic broke away after leading by one after three.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points for the Knicks (35-36).
Stoudemire was held to a season-low 13 points, shooting 6 of 20 from the floor.
• Thunder too much for Jazz to handle: Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, Kevin Durant added 29 and the Thunder pulled away from the depleted Utah Jazz in the second half for a 106-94 victory in Oklahoma City.
The Jazz played without starting point guard Devin Harris because of a strained right hamstring, and Andrei Kirilenko sat out the second half after bruising a nerve in his left knee. That proved to be too much to overcome.
Al Jefferson had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jazz.
• Indiana setting pace in tight playoff pursuit: Danny Granger scored 33 points and the Indiana Pacers created breathing room over one of their closest competitors for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
Tyler Hansbrough added 24 points and Roy Hibbert had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who moved three games ahead of Charlotte as well as Milwaukee for eighth place with 12 games left to play.
• Kings put kink in Bucks playoff hopes: Marcus Thornton scored 27 points, Beno Udrih added 25 and the visiting Sacramento Kings beat Milwaukee 97-90 to damage the Bucks’ fading playoff hopes.
Milwaukee’s Carlos Delfino scored 30 points for the second consecutive game to again match his career high, but had 22 of them in the first half.
• Grizzlies hold off Celtics: Marc Gasol scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and Zach Randolph had 13 and eight to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 90-87 victory over the Celtics in Boston.
The victory helped Memphis solidify its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. The Grizzlies are just one-half game behind seventh-place New Orleans.
Braves coach returns after losing eye
Baseball: Atlanta Braves minor-league manager Luis Salazar returned to camp Wednesday, two weeks after being struck in the face by a foul ball and losing his left eye.
“I’m very fortunate to be alive,” Salazar said. “God gave me a second chance in this life, and I’m going to take advantage of it.”
He hopes to join his Class A Lynchburg team in April near the start of the Carolina League season.
The 54-year-old Salazar said he’s probably two to three weeks away from resume his minor-league duties. “I’ll take it day by day,” he said. “But I’ll be fine.”
Workout deemed cause of Iowa injuries
Miscellany: A University of Iowa investigative committee in Ames, Iowa, said the school should scrap an intense workout that left 13 football players hospitalized, conceding that whatever triggered their injuries remains a mystery.
The five-member panel’s report clears the players, trainers and coaches of any wrongdoing, saying similar workouts have been done in the past without any injuries.
The January workout, however, led to the 13 football players being diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which breaks down muscle cells and discolors urine. All the players were treated and none show any lasting effects.
“We’re not able to tell you exactly why it happened,” said committee member William Hines, a law professor and dean emeritus at the university’s College of Law. “We can speculate … but that’s a mystery that will have to remain unsolved.”
The report lists 10 recommendations, including abandoning the strenuous workout, which includes back squats with heavy weights. It also calls for everyone associated with the football program to be educated about rhabdomyolysis.