The new year couldn’t have come faster for the Sharks. After suffering two major injuries on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring and getting eliminated in the first round, the Sharks said goodbye to 2017 in the most forgettable of ways Sunday, opening a five-game road trip with their worst loss of the season. Here’s what we learned as the Dallas Stars (22-15-3) dismantled the Sharks (20-12-4) 6-0 on New Year’s Eve. 1. The Sharks lay an egg, maybe two, in their blowout loss. In his first season as the Sharks head coach, Pete DeBoer acknowledged after a particularly dreadful loss to the Calgary Flames that even the best teams will lay three or four eggs at some point during an 82-game regular season. Losses that are so ugly, so uncharacteristic they defy explanation. “That might count as two (eggs),” DeBoer said following the Sharks blowout loss in Texas. After battling, clawing and scraping their way to a 3-1 record in Logan Couture’s absence, the Sharks came out flat as their top goal scorer’s returned to action, getting pinned in their zone early, outshot 17-5 in the first period and outscored 2-0 where it counts.
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