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Despite 11 shots on goal, DeBoer liked what Devils did against Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings v New Jersey Devils

at the Prudential Center on December 6, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

Bruce Bennett

When the New Jersey Devils lost 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night, they only managed to put up 11 shots on goal in doing so.

More often than not you’d assume coach Peter DeBoer would be upset at his team’s lack of out put. Not so this time according to Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti.

“I don’t look at the shot clock and say we didn’t have any offense. We created enough chances to score three goals tonight,” DeBoer said. “We didn’t cash in on some of our chances and with our group we have to be opportunistic.”

Coaches will tell you having scoring chances is the key and sometimes that doesn’t play out in the shots category. For a 3-1 game, it was a lot closer than that, especially since Detroit’s third goal didn’t come until late and on a highly dubious power play.

Then again, in situations like this maybe it’s just better to listen to what Jaromir Jagr had to say. He’s been around a bit, you know.

That’ll do.

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