This was the perfect way for the Kings to celebrate their nearly two decades-long drought of playing in the Western Conference finals.

The Dustin Brown way.

The captain, who shockingly was rumored to be traded this season, scored a tiebreaking goal late in the first period to give the Kings the lead in the Western Conference semifinals over the St. Louis Blues.

After St. Louis pulled goalie Brian Elliott in the final minute, Brown was the one who banged home an empty-netter to send a sellout crowd of 18,373 desperate, loud, towel-waving fans into euphoria Sunday afternoon.