The energy was something to remember, but Damien Brunner will take something else out of his first Stanley Cup playoffs experience.

The games truly are different than the regular season.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had as many crosschecks in my back and slashes on my calves,” Brunner said of the intensity and win-at-all-cost mentality of the playoffs.

Not that Brunner, who led the Red Wings with five goals during the playoffs, didn’t enjoy the electricity.

“It’s exciting, especially playing in front of all those fans in the arenas, it’s such a great atmosphere,” Brunner said. “It kind of makes you want to keep going and it’s too bad we lost that (Game 7 against Chicago) game in overtime.”

The question now becomes whether Brunner will get other postseason opportunities with the Red Wings.

A potential unrestricted free agent, Brunner could be an appealing option for teams looking for goal scoring.

“I like the Red Wings and the organization, it was first class,” said Brunner, who in his first NHL season, had 26 points (12 goals) in 44 games. “We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”

Brunner’s regular season essentially was split into two distinct portions.

* In the first 19 games, he had 10 goals.

* In the final 25 games, he had two goals.

“He showed the ability to score goals, then he went through the stretch where he didn’t score many goals,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

Still, Brunner, 27, said he would enjoy continuing his career in Detroit.

“I’m really happy with the way it turned out,” Brunner said. “I learned it’s a different game over here and it was a lot to adjust (to) and learn.