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Ciccarelli gets taste of glory

New Hockey Hall of Famers, from left, Angela James, Dino Ciccarelli and Cammi Granato show off their inductee rings. Ciccarelli played forward for Tampa Bay from 1996-98.

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New Hockey Hall of Famers, from left, Angela James, Dino Ciccarelli and Cammi Granato show off their inductee rings. Ciccarelli played forward for Tampa Bay from 1996-98.

TORONTO — Former Lightning standout Dino Ciccarelli joined Angela James, Cammi Granato, builder Jim Devellano and the late Daryl "Doc" Seaman, one of the founders of the Flames, in entering the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Ciccarelli overcame long odds to claim his spot, having never been drafted by an NHL team. Teams were scared off when he suffered a broken leg in his final year of junior hockey.

Eventually, he signed with the Minnesota North Stars as a free agent and embarked on a career in which he scored 608 goals.

One of his great regrets is never winning a championship. He got a taste of what it might be like Sunday while having dinner with a number of other Hall of Famers.

"They surprised our party and they brought the Stanley Cup over," Ciccarelli said. "We were taking a group picture with all the guys, and I still feel like I can't touch it because I didn't win it. But Glenn Anderson said, 'Dino, grab that thing and put it over your head.' We were all holding on.

"I said, 'Yeah, I'm not comfortable.' He said, 'Hey, you're in the Hall now — it doesn't matter.' So that kind of made me feel really special."

Around the league: Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell (broken left wrist) is out 4-6 weeks, and left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (broken finger) is out at least four weeks. … The Canadiens waived forward Dustin Boyd (one goal, minus-6 rating in nine games). … Marian Gaborik participated in contact drills for the first time since separating his left shoulder Oct. 15, though the Rangers' most potent scorer said he's not quite ready to play. … Sabres goalie Ryan Miller practiced after spending the weekend resting a sore leg muscle and might play by Thursday. … The Flyers fired Greg Gilbert as coach of AHL Adirondack (2-10-1) and named assistant general manager John Paddock the interim coach.

Monday's game

at Wings 1 0 1 1 3
Coyotes 1 1 0 0 2

First Period1, Detroit, Cleary 4 (Rafalski, Modano), 1:40. 2, Phoenix, Hanzal 2 (Morris), 19:05. PenaltiesLidstrom, Det (hooking), 6:06; Hanzal, Pho (hooking), 7:06; Stempniak, Pho (interference), 13:56.

Second Period3, Phoenix, Yandle 3 (Korpikoski), 7:31. PenaltiesStempniak, Pho (goaltender interference), 9:32; Kronwall, Det (tripping), 9:41; Jovanovski, Pho (interference), 12:37.

Third Period4, Detroit, Lidstrom 2 (Stuart, Datsyuk), 7:24. PenaltiesAbdelkader, Det (slashing), 10:25.

Overtime5, Detroit, Zetterberg 4 (Salei, Bertuzzi), 1:23. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalPhoenix 9-13-8-1—31. Detroit 14-11-12-3—40. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 4. GoaliesPhoenix, Bryzgalov 4-2-5 (40 shots-37 saves). Detroit, Howard 7-1-1 (31-29). A19,207 (20,066). T2:26.

Ciccarelli gets taste of glory 11/08/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 12:26am]

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