Corey Perry celebrates his overtime winner while Karri Ramo appeals to the referee. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Anaheim Ducks are moving on to the Western Conference final, and it was a controversial goal by Corey Perry that is sending them there. In overtime, Perry was pushed into the crease, then gave Flames goaltender Karri Ramo a shove before knocking a loose puck into the net. Ramo immediately appealed to the referees, but the goal stood.
The Anaheim Ducks are off to the Western Conference final, but there's no doubt that one of the common talking points among Calgary Flames fans this off-season will be the way in which Corey Perry scored the series-clinching goal.
Early in the extra frame on a net-front scramble, with the puck loose in front of Flames' netminder Karri Ramo, Perry fell to his knees before giving Ramo a slight shove while fighting to get his stick on the loose puck. On his second swing at the puck, after first making contact with Ramo, Perry knocked it into the net and gave the Ducks the series victory, while Ramo and the Flames immediately sought justice for what they perceived to be goaltender interference. Watch the goal:
While the push on Ramo isn't much, it is enough to propel him back several inches and enough that when Ramo reaches to smother the puck with his glove he's mere inches short of being able to do so. The result is Perry being able to battle his way to the loose puck and score the goal that ends the Flames' season.
Likely the reason it wasn't called interference, however, was the push from Dennis Wideman that causes Perry to fall into the crease. Had Perry entered the crease of his own volition, it seems much more likely the goal would have been disallowed due to interference. That said, once feeling the push, Perry likely wouldn't have done much to stop himself from entering the crease to get a few whacks in on the puck.
When asked after the game about whether or not the goal should have counted, Ramo simply said that if the referees called it a goal on the ice, it was a goal. Whether or not he really feels that way it another matter altogether.
Thanks to Perry's goal, the Ducks won the series 4-1 and will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final.