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On the 11th Day of Christmas, the Devils already have given away 12 shameful shorties.
As they race on-pace to shatter the NHL's record of 22 short-handed goals allowed in a season, the Devils' coach appears stumped.
"I don't have the answer," Pete DeBoer said yesterday, preparing for the Stanley Cup champion Bruins' visit to Newark tonight. "It's not something you can practice. We've done a lot of video on it. We've made the players aware of it.
"There's been a concerted effort to take a more conservative approach in some situations. I think we've been getting that."
The Devils have two obvious flaws keeping them from joining the elite of the NHL - their short-handed struggles and their third-period collapses.
Both combined in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss in Ottawa, when they blew a 2-0 lead in the third, when Martin Brodeur allowed a weak short-hander to erase their lead for keeps.
The Devils also have been outscored a horrible 49...