They knew as they returned to the scene of Boston's Cup celebration to clean out their lockers and say goodbye - some for the summer, others perhaps for the last time as teammates - that it would eventually subside.
But it hasn't yet.
"It's been a rough 48 hours, it hasn't really wore off yet," goalie Roberto Luongo said. "You work hard all year to get to your ultimate goal and to fall short by one game is tough. It's something that's going to make our team better, but it's too early to analyze now. It's going to take awhile."