The San Jose Sharks have swept the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, polishing off their California rival with a 2-1 Game Four win on Wednesday night.

The Sharks got goals from Marcus Sorenson and Tomas Hertl, while Andrew Cogliano scored the lone marker for the Ducks.

Anaheim was outscored 16-4 in the series and was handed its first sweep since 1999 when the Detroit Red Wings handed them the business.

The Sharks were largely held by the play of goalie Martin Jones, who was rock-solid between the pipes. He had a shutout in Game One to kick things off and set a San Jose playoff record with a 45-save performance in Game Three.

The Sharks took their second ever playoff sweep in stride. They earned their first against Vancouver in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On Wednesday, they looked desperate and played like they were on a mission. They landed the first seven shots on goal in the contest and their fourth line contributed with Sorenson’s goal in the opening frame.

The Sharks will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round. The upstarts swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of their playoff series. That should be a doozy.

Like the Kings, the Ducks will have some thinking to do. They gave up four power play goals in Game Three and were blown up by a final score of 8-1. Discipline was definitely an issue in the series, with Anaheim coughing up a number of odd-man rushes and failing to get defencemen back in their own zone. When they did, there were sloppy exchanges and penalties.

The Sharks received goals from eight players and points from 13 in the bludgeoning that was Game Three, plus they had nine players scored at least a goal in the series. The Ducks, meanwhile, were not sharing the wealth. Corey Perry was held without a point, for one.

San Jose should enjoy some time off before gearing up against the Golden Knights, who are riding historic waves of momentum. Vegas has nothing to lose in making a stand in their inaugural season and many have argued they’re playing with house money, that this fairy tale has to end somewhere.

The Sharks are hoping to take a bite out of the Nevada newbies. Vegas has other ideas.

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