Yeah, wow. After 73 votes, about 82% of the people on THIS board agree that no punishment should come of it. If it were almost any other player, I suspect that number would be in the 90's.
This is a classic example of taking a situation completely out of context. Corey Perry was trying to score, period. Somewhat unexpectedly, he was allowed to walk in on a sharp angle and cut in front of the net. You can see him immediately look back for the puck after the initial save is made. His momentum was actually carrying him into Howard, except you can see him pivot the right skate to try and avoid him right before Kronwall arrives. Perry is jumping because Howard is in a butterfly, and if Perry were to just skate all over a leg at that speed, he'd end up submarined with a either a crossbar or the ice on his face.
People watching this in slow-motion GIF see that left leg fly out and assume it's an intentional kick. But Kronwall hit Perry while he was in the air. When somebody hits you in the air from the right side, you need to move something out to the left to LAND on, or you will tip over. While there's no way to prove it, I would almost guarantee you that Perry was going to jump straight up with his feet together like a skateboarder until Kronwall hit him.
I hate Perry as much everyone else here, but there's absolutely not evidence of intent to make contact with Howard, let alone to slit his throat with a skate blade. As the poster above wrote, had the result not been so dramatic, this shouldn't even have been called a goaltender interference penalty, since it was Kronwall's push that caused the collision.
Edited by StormJH1, 01 May 2013 - 05:19 PM.