If he had of just kept skating, he would have slammed right into him, he jumped to try and avoid contact.
I don't agree. If he kept skating, he would have made contact with Howard's stick, which is much better than kicking him in the head. I'm not calling for a suspension, or even a fine, I just think it was a douchebag move and was avoidable.
No matter how you put it, Perry kicked Howard in the face. Do I think he did it on purpose? No, but he didn't try to avoid it either. That could have been A LOT worse. Watch his skate drag across his shoulder and then catch him in the mask. Howard could have been severely hurt on that play.
It's the same situation when they call the big goalie interference penalties/suspensions, he may not have done it on purpose and had some defense in his way, but the onus is on the player to avoid the contact. The goalie is helpless.
I don't think a suspension is coming or warranted.
I think IF the worst case scenario happens and I got booked on it, I think I could beat the charge due to the precedence and acceptableness of hat trick hats. In a court of law it would be hard to explain why that is acceptable and the octopus is not.
I also think it's completely hypocritical of the NHL to say we can't do this yet they continue to use footage of Al swinging the octopi in their 'Because it's the Cup' commercials.