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Great Gift for the Coyotes

by Craig Morgan | / Arizona Coyotes
GLENDALE -- Wayne Gretzky never experienced it.

Neither did Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk, Nikolai Khabibulin or Teppo Numminen.

Photo by Getty Images.
By the time Valentine's Day rolls around, the Coyotes are usually battling to remain in the playoff picture. Today, they're in first place in the Pacific Division, marking the latest date the franchise has held that lofty perch since arriving in the Valley in 1996.

"Wow, I didn't know that," said captain Shane Doan, who has seen all 15 of those seasons. "That's a nice little accomplishment, but we've got a long ways to go."

Monday's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals wasn't exactly a marketing gem. It wasn't even pretty.

"It was kind of a mucky game," coach Dave Tippett said. "Neither team was generating much."

But the Coyotes generated enough to win, notching their fifth straight victory to move a point ahead of idle Dallas and Anaheim in the Pacific standings...

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