After playing a bruising series against the St. Louis Blues and delivering enough hits to rank fifth among playoff performers, Kings captain Dustin Brown was glad to get some rest Monday.
For his mind.
His body needed the respite after he dished out 39 hits over two rounds and helped carry the Kings to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1993. But Brown, who had six points in the team's sweep of St. Louis and has 11 points in the playoffs, said the cerebral side of the game has taxed him more than the physical side during upsets of the No. 1-seeded Vancouver Canucks and No. 2-seeded Blues.
"You get to this point in the year and physically you can find a way to get yourself going, but mentally you're in a high-stress, high-pressure situation day in and day out," he said Monday.
"Just to have the day to not really think about hockey or about the type of pressure that comes from being in the playoffs, it's nice just to get away from the game for a day or two and ...