This was a series that featured two soundly built franchises with an enviable blend of skill and grit, youth and veteran experience. It was a series without a moment of the sideshow. Physically pounding, but there were few, if any, cheap shots. There was little after-the-whistle junk or sparring in the media between games as though it was beneath them, as though they understood every ounce needed to be poured into the game.
Brown talked about the emotion in their room during Game 7 and how the players spoke to each other frankly about staying focused.
"It's just a trust system and a belief system within this room of a result of being together for hundreds of games together and climbing the hill the once and trying to do it again," Brown said. "We know what to expect, and we expect a lot from each other. And there's times when there's not nice things said to each other, and it's all in the nature of motivating each other and motivating each other to be better. When you have guys that have been together, you're capable of holding each other accountable and pushing to the next level."
While the Kings were already looking forward to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday against the New York Rangers, there was still a moment of looking back at having been part of something special, a part of history, really.