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TIME: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Gretzky started his NHL coaching career with two straight one-goal losses on the road to open the season before picking up his first win Saturday night.
Shane Doan, one of the top holdovers from the 2003-04 team, redirected a slap shot by Sean O'Donnell into the net with 4:42 remaining as the Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at Glendale Arena.
"It wasn't pretty, but it counts," Gretzky said. "People talk about it, so to get my first one here is extremely exciting."
Ladislav Nagy, activated from injured reserve after missing the first two games with a sore shoulder, scored Phoenix's first goal on his first penalty shot.
"It was a big win for us and it was nice to get it at home," Nagy said. "It was nice to come back. The doctors told me it will take me a couple weeks to get (my shoulder) to 100 percent, but it was great to be back and see all the fans."
The Coyotes, though, lost Mike Ricci with 8:29 left in the third period when teammate Boyd Devereaux deflected a slap shot into his face.
"Most guys will take at least a few days off," Gretzky said. "I don't want him to play Tuesday night. Mike is the kind of guy that will try to play, but the reality is he will take Tuesday off and might go Thursday (against Nashville)."
Dallas opened its season with a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before losing 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The Avs scored the winning goal off a scramble in front of the net with 2:09 remaining on a 7-minute power play resulting from Jason Arnott's reaction to a hit by Colorado's Dan Hinote.
Arnott was bleeding heavily from a cut to the head after he was checked by Hinote with 6:48 remaining. Arnott's head struck the divider on the plexiglass, causing a gash over his left eye that required multiple stitches.
Arnott, who thought he'd been hit by a high stick, and teammate Bill Guerin retaliated, resulting in a brawl. Minor penalties were assessed to Arnott and Guerin, and Arnott also received a game misconduct for instigating to give the Avs the long power play.
"The hit felt up high and that's why I lost my cool," Arnott said. "I didn't think I'd get all those penalties, but I feel pretty bad about it."
STANDINGS (through Oct. 9): Coyotes - 2 points, 3rd place (tied), 2 PB, Pacific Division. Stars - 2 points, 3rd place (tied), 2 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Coyotes - Oleg Saprykin, 2 goals and 3 points; Mike Johnson and Mike Leclerc, 2 assists; Tyson Nash, 23 PIM. Stars - Sergei Zubov, 2 goals; Arnott, 4 assists, 5 points and 23 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 9): Coyotes - Power play: 21.4 percent (3 for 14), 8th in NHL. Penalty killing: 78.5 percent (11 for 14), 19th. Stars - Power play: 11.7 percent (2 for 17), 24th. Penalty killing: 78.5 percent (11 for 14), 18th.
GOALTENDERS: Coyotes - Curtis Joseph (1-1-0, 2.01 GAA); David Leneveu (0-1-0, 3.07). Stars - Marty Turco (1-1-0, 3.52).
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Coyotes, 3-2-1.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 14, 2004; Coyotes, 3-2. At Glendale, Ariz., the Coyotes held on for the victory after scoring three times on their first 11 shots.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Coyotes - 0-2-0 on the road; Stars - 1-1-0 at home.