In the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Pierre Racicot did what no NHL linesman ever wants to do: Become an impediment for one team, a benefit to the other and influence an eventual scoring play.
Here's Racicot setting a pick on New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, giving the Los Angeles Kings' Dustin Brown a free pass deep into the New Jersey zone moments before Jeff Carter's second goal of the game to make it 4-0 for the Kings.
Along with the unfortunate contact with Volchenkov, Racicot was bloodied by the defenseman's stick as his helmet slammed down on the ice.
This sent the Devils bench, and assistant coach Adam Oates in particular, into a fury. They were already wound up after a controversial first period boarding call on forward Steve Bernier against Rob Scuderi — leading to a 5-minute major penalty and three Los Angeles Kings goals.
The controversy? There was a potential boarding call on LA's Jarret Stoll against the Devils' Stephen Gionta earlier in the sequence that went unpenalized; in theory, the play would have been blown dead as soon as Scuderi touched the puck, meaning Bernier would have never hit him. Again, in theory.
Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
• Kings win first-ever Stanley Cup championship | Photos
• Ranking the five worst decisions in boxing history
• Y! Screen: Yankees fan shows support with tooth tattoo
- Ice Hockey
- Sports & Recreation
- Los Angeles Kings
- Pierre Racicot
- New Jersey Devils
- Anton Volchenkov