After playing a bruising series against the St. Louis Bluesand 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.