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Get out the brooms?: Surging Sharks are confident with chance to sweep LA Kings in Game 4

San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with defenseman Scott Hannan, second from right, as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, looks on and center Logan Couture skates in during the overtime period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Sharks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, center, celebrates his game-winning goal with defenseman Scott Hannan, second from right, as Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, looks on and center Logan Couture skates in during the overtime period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Sharks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

After nearly a decade of annual playoff disappointments, the San Jose Sharks are one win away from kicking off their latest postseason run with quite a statement about their future.

A win by the Sharks in Game 4 on Thursday night would finish off a first-round sweep of the reeling Los Angeles Kings, the 2012 champs and their biggest rivals.

San Jose has comprehensively outplayed Los Angeles in the first three games, winning in blowouts and overtimes alike. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and the NHL's best defensive team have been shredded for 17 goals by the Sharks' balanced lines.

The Sharks also swept Vancouver in the first round last season. Captain Joe Thornton says San Jose's laid-back dressing room is feeling good about another cushion, but also isn't getting comfortable.