With only 9.4 seconds left in regulation, the Kings got what they needed. At least, it was what they thought they needed to keep their season alive.

After facing an early two-goal deficit in a win-or-go-home Game 5 matchup against the Blackhawks, the Kings found a way to send the game into overtime after Mike Richards found the back of the net with just seconds remaining on the clock. But despite the late heroics, the defending Stanley Cup champions couldn't get the job done.

"It's not ideal being down 2-0, but at the same time you have 50 minutes to catch up," Kings defenseman Matt Greene said following his team's 4-3 loss in double overtime. "That was the main point right there, just stop the bleeding and keep going. Our guys did a good job of that, sticking with it, battling back and forcing overtime.

"We're disappointed right now. We wanted different results obviously. You lose a series in five games, obviously [the Blackhawks are] doing something a little better over there."

Coach Darryl Sutter, perhaps, summed it up the most colorfully:

"There's not much you can do, but giving up bad goals puts your head between your legs and it gets your ass kicked."

After cruising through the 2012 postseason, the Kings faced a much bumpier road in 2013. Prior to their elimination, the injury-riddled team won just one game on the road -- against the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference semifinals.

After dropping the first two games of the Western Conference Final, the Kings had their chance to redeem themselves at home. But they couldn't fend off the league's top-ranked team in Game 4 and came back to Chicago down three games to one. And as they had shown previously this postseason, a road win just wasn't in the cards for them.