If the first dagger wasn't enough -- and it almost wasn't against the resilient
Kesler scored twice in the third period, twice giving the Ducks two-goal leads and some bonus breathing room in a tense Game 4 and the Ducks added an empty-net goal to win, 5-2, on Wednesday night at
They clinched the
"Our guys did a great job tonight, answering everything that was thrown at us," Ducks captain
"Kes was great, Silvy [
Kesler sparked the Ducks — which is why they acquired him in the off-season from the
"It's a comforting feeling knowing he's there and going to play that hard for us every night," Getzlaf said.
Kesler, and co-villain (at least in Winnipeg)
"It's just a never-die attitude," Perry said. "We're down in the third period in three games and down early tonight. The way we respond after goals and not get too emotionally high or too low. That's going to help us through the next couple."
Said Kesler: "You can relish it tonight, but it's one series. We didn't come here to win one series. We came here for the whole thing."
Anaheim is the first team to win four straight postseason games when trailing at any point in a game since 2012 when New Jersey did it against Philadelphia.
Perry, who is the league's playoff co-scoring leader with seven points, agreed it was no ordinary sweep. The Jets were resilient, as were their fans. They recovered their composure after Kesler made it 3-1 and immediately started chanting, "Go Jets Go."
But the closeness of the series was of little solace to the Jets. "We got swept. It doesn't matter how close we were, we lost," said forward Drew Stafford.
It was the first playoff sweep by the Ducks since they did it against Colorado in the second round in their 2006 playoff run. Anaheim also pulled off two series sweeps the year it reached the 2003
They will play the
The Flames are leading the Canucks, three games to one, and Game 5 is Thursday at Vancouver.
It's been quite some time since the Ducks played either of those Canadian franchises in the playoffs. The Ducks beat the Canucks in the second round in 2007 on their way to the Stanley Cup and also defeated the Flames in 2006 in seven games in the opening round.