Trailing 3-0 early the second period, the odds were already stacked against a New Jersey Devils comeback in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Perhaps if the Los Angeles Kings found themselves playing a man down -- as New Jersey was when L.A. exploded for three power play goals in the first period -- then the Devils could take advantage. Instead, the Devils found themselves seemingly playing against an extra skater at a key moment.

Kings captain Dustin Brown skated fast near both benches and gained the offensive zone while Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov tried chasing him down. But linesman Pierre Racicot was skating backwards and couldn't get out of the way, unable to avoid making contact with the speeding Volchenkov. The defenseman barreled into Racicot, knocking him on his back and accidentally hitting him in the mouth with his stick.

The hit allowed Brown to get deep into the New Jersey zone and put pressure on Brodeur. Brown got the puck behind net, found Jeff Carter in the slot who fired it past the Devils netminder for the fourth goal of the Kings' Stanley Cup-clinching victory.

Even though it appeared as if Racicot had nowhere to go, Devils assistant coach Adam Oates was still furious and yelling at the officials from the bench.

Racicot appeared to have a nasty facial injury, but still tried to stay in the game. That just goes to show that the linesmen are pretty tough too. But he was later replaced by standby Derek Amell.

Watch the rest of the Game 6 highlights here.

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  • 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

    Ryan Carter #20 of the New Jersey Devils plays the puck around teammate David Clarkson #23 and a Los Angeles Kings player in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings lays on the ice after being boarded by Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils (not in photo) in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Trevor Lewis #22 of the Los Angeles Kings and Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils vie for the puck in the first period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings tries for a shot point blank on goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the New Jersey Devils in the second period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Trevor Lewis #22 of the Los Angeles Kings scores against goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Willie Mitchell #33, Anze Kopitar #11 and Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate with teammate Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings after Carter scored in the second period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Alec Martinez #27 of the Los Angeles Kings checks David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    NHL linesmen Jean Morin #97 and Pierre Racicot #65 separate players from the the New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings in a scrum after Ryan Carter #20 of the New Jersey Devils checked Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings into the goal net in the second period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Ryan Carter received a 2-minute roughing penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct on the play.

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    Dwight King #74 , Alec Martinez #27 and Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate with teammate Trevor Lewis #22 after Lewis scored the third Kings' goal in first period against Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings plays the body on Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils in the second period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

    Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the New Jersey Devils in the second period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils collides with teammate Marek Zidlicky #2 of the New Jersey Devils as Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts after assisting on the Kings' second goal of the first period against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings eyes the puck as goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils gets back in position in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

  • 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Six

    Jarret Stoll #28 of the Los Angeles Kings tries for a shot point blank on goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes a stick save in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save in the first period of Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) and New Jersey Devils right wing Dainius Zubrus (8) look back after Quick deflected a shot in the first period during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings lays on the ice after being boarded by Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils (not in photo) in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    A Los Angeles Kings trainer attends to Rob Scuderi #7 of the Los Angeles Kings after Scuderi was boarded by Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils (not in photo) as teammates Dustin Penner #25, Anze Kopitar #11 and Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings look on during Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates late in the third period against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8), center Colin Fraser (24) and goalie Jonathan Quick celebrate as time runs off the clock to beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals,Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8), Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser (24) and Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick celebrate as time runs off the clock to beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals,Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    Goaltenders Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings and Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils share some words in the handshake line after Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Devils 6-1 in Game Six to win the Stanley Cup Final series 4-2.

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    Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown (23) raises the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown (23) kisses the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.

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    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 during Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.